THE NORTH FACE® MALAYSIA MOUNTAIN TRAIL FESTIVAL
The North Face® Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival
is presented to you by Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Perak and MMTF Consultant. The North Face® Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival will be held between 17 November 2022 – 20 November 2022 at Esplanade, Taiping, Perak, West Malaysia.
The North Face® Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival will see the inclusion of 2 new challenges namely Vertical Kilometer (VK) and 100KM in addition to the existing ones 13KM, 25KM and 50KM. Runners will be taken through the pristine trails in Taiping whilst being tested with multiple elevation gains of 1000m for the VK, 700m for the 13KM, 1360m for the 25KM, 2960m for the 50KM and 5330m for the 100KM. The race will give every runner a chance of a lifetime to experience different trails around Taiping Lake Gardens and the iconic Maxwell Hill.
The Vertical Kilometer (VK) is a new challenge and will happen for the 1st time in Malaysia. The VK Challenge will take runners up to 1000m asl in just over 5KM.
The 13KM race is the “Freshman Run” which has well-mixed terrains which we trust best fit the beginners.
The 25KM race has undulated uphill and downhill which seem endless best fits the synonym “BALL BREAKER”.
The North Face® Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival will have 2 versions of Ultra Challenges, namely the 50KM ULTRA CHALLENGE and the 100KM ULTRA TRAIL CHALLENGE.
The 25KM and 50KM race course which has 1 ITRA POINT and 3 ITRA POINTS respectively in 2021 will be sent for re-evaluation with the 100KM race course to International Trail Running Association (ITRA) and are expected to be accorded 1 POINT, 3 POINTS and 5 POINTS respectively.
We are also making plans to submit 25KM, 50KM and 100KM as UTMB® World Series Qualifiers.
The 50KM race course has also been certified by International Skyrunning Federation (ISF). The North Face® Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival is the 1st race thus far in Malaysia to be accorded the ISF Certified Course Label and is the 2nd race in South East Asia and 5th in Asia-Pacific to be given such recognition.
The North Face® Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival will continue to be in Asia Trail Master (ATM) 2022 Championship Series. We trust by having the best in the region to compete against one another by being in the ATM Championship Series, will help enhance the standard of “ultra-trail” running here in Malaysia.
Part of the existence of The North Face® Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival is to give back to the society. From mountain porters to less fortunate students, and from front liners to the champion amongst us in the likes of Soh Wai Ching (current world No.2 tower runner) and Daved Simpat (Malaysia No.1 ranked trail runner). Part of the registration fees since 2018 had been paid to Bukit Larut/ Maxwell Hill Management for maintaining and upgrading our Bukit Larut/ Maxwell Hill.