Kuching, June 11: The organisers of the Spartan Race and Spartan Asia Pacific have been asked to consider other areas in Sarawak for future events. Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Datuk Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah in suggesting this said he had discussed the ideas with its organiser.
“Apart from Kuching, I hope that they will look into other areas, especially in the interior. Sarawak’s beautiful rainforests offers all manner of challenges and terrains to both body and mind.
“By doing so, they can help us promote more destinations in Sarawak, not only to athletes worldwide but also leisure visitors,” Abdul Karim said at the Spartan Race Sarawak launching ceremony today.
Spartan Race Sarawak is a part of a global brand of Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) that has a footprint in over 40 countries while the Spartan brand has attracted over one million racers and participants with over 200 events.
It is also a leader in the sport of obstacle racing, offering open heats for all fitness levels, as well as competitive and elite heats for beginner and professional obstacle racers looking to test themselves in new ways across the world.
Abdul Karim said the two day event held at Agriculture Institute, Sarawak and Leadership Institute of Civil Service attracted over 1,100 racers from foreign countries namely Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, Japan, Korea, Maldives, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Spartan, which is the world’s largest course race and endurance brand successfully made its second return to Sarawak after two years of deferment due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Hailed as the toughest spartan race in Southeast Asia by Spartan racers after the inaugural Spartan Race Sarawak in 2019, this year’s race was no different as it featured the two most popular categories, the 5km Sprint (20 obstacles) and 10km Super (25 obstacles).