Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival (MMTF) is co-organized by Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Perak, MMTF Consultant and Larut Matang Hash House Harriers and Harriets. It will be held between 13th December 2019 – 15th December 2019 at Taiping, Perak, West Malaysia.

Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival 2019 (V.2.0) will take runners through 10KM, 25KM, 55KM and 84KM of pristine trails in Taiping with elevation gain of 400m, 1200m, 3100m and 4300m (+)(-) respectively. The race will give every runner a chance of a lifetime to experience different trails around the iconic Maxwell Hill.

The 10KM race is the new “Freshman Run” which we trust will better cater for the beginners.

The 25KM race is an upgraded course from the MMTF 2018 “15KM Freshman Run” and is the new “Ball Breaker Run”.

Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival 2019 (V.2.0) will have 2 versions of Ultra Challenge namely the 55KM and the 84KM. The 55KM race is the upgraded course from MMTF 2018 “36KM Ball Breaker Run” and the 84KM race is the upgraded course from MMTF 2018 “70KM Ultra Challenge”.

The 25KM, 55KM and 84KM race courses will be sent to International Trail Running Association (ITRA) to be evaluated and certified, before we make an application to have them included into the list of qualifying races for UTMB.

Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival 2019 (V.2.0) has been included into Asia Trail Master (ATM) 2019 Championship. Besides having the best in the region to compete against one another in the ATM’s “Season Finale”, we trust this latest development will help to enhance the standard of “ultra-trail” running to another level here in Malaysia. A piece of good news for ATM Championship chasers, you will also gain ATM’s 50 bonus points if you complete the 84KM race.

Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival 2019 (V.2.0) is also part of Malaysia Ultra League (MUL) 2019 season.

Unlike 2018 where every runner is feasted to a food and music after-party, we will be holding a “Welcoming Party” before everyone gets down to business for the last time in 2019.

We hope to bring everyone together during the welcoming party. Besides a wide spread of local food, we will also be holding some activities during the welcoming party. For instance, there will be live interviews with participating elites from the countries around the world, which we trust will be a great sharing moment for everyone.

Part of the existence of Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival is to give back to the society. In 2018, we have allocated some of the proceeds from our profits to sponsor “Kids Coloring Competition” and stationeries to less fortunate students in Taiping. We have also sponsored a musical group consisting of students who are saving to gain entry into music school, and also Hua Lian High School via their school lion dance’s drum team. Part of the registration fees from 2018 was contributed to Bukit Larut/ Maxwell Hill Management for maintaining and upgrading our Bukit Larut/ Maxwell Hill.

ENTRY PRICE

Get 10% discount if you are a MURA member. Just insert your IC for verification. (Discount not applicable to Welcome Party Ticket)

EARLY ENTRY
(1/2 – 15/3/19)

RM100

NORMAL ENTRY
(16/3 – 31/5/19)
RM130

LATE ENTRY
(1/6 – 15/7/19)
RM180

EARLY ENTRY
(1/2 – 15/3/19)

RM150

NORMAL ENTRY
(16/3 – 31/5/19)
RM180

LATE ENTRY
(1/6 – 15/7/19)
RM230

EARLY ENTRY
(1/2 – 15/3/19)

RM250

NORMAL ENTRY
(16/3 – 31/5/19)
RM280

LATE ENTRY
(1/6 – 15/7/19)
RM330

EARLY ENTRY
(1/2 – 15/3/19)

RM350

NORMAL ENTRY
(16/3 – 31/5/19)
RM380

LATE ENTRY
(1/6 – 15/7/19)
RM430

WELCOME PARTY TICKET

Your family & friends can join you at the race venue. Get tickets for them.

RM80

Your entitlements include single entry to Welcome Party, Event Tee, Drawstring Shoulder Bag & Cooling Towel by Compressport

RACE CATEGORY

RUNNER'S ENTITLEMENTS

RACE ENTRY PACK COLLECTION

Date: 13th December 2019 (Fri)

Time: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Venue: Taiping, Perak

RUNNER'S INFORMATION

13th December 2019
Race Expo Opens from 10:00am
Race Pack Collection 10:00am – 7:00pm
Race Briefing 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Welcome Party 6:00pm – 9:00pm

14th December 2019
84KM Flag-off 6:00am
55KM Flag-off 8:00am
25KM Flag-off 10:00am
Race Expo Opens from 10:00am

15th December 2019
10KM Flag-off 7:00am
Prize Giving 10:00am

  • Finisher medals will only be awarded to runners, upon completion of race within cutoff time.
  • Registered participants who do not turn up in person on Race Day will be considered as “Did Not Start”, and will not be entitled to a finisher medal.
  • All participants will receive a micro-fibre sub-lamination event tee from Compressport.
  • Participants are advised to refer to the size chart and select their sizes carefully to avoid any sizing issues. No exchange will be allowed after confirmation of registration.

  • Finisher T-shirt will only be awarded to 84KM, 55KM and 25KM runners, who completed their race within cutoff time.
  • Participants are advised to refer to the size chart and select their sizes carefully to avoid any sizing issues. No exchange will be allowed after confirmation of registration.
  • Participants must wear their bib numbers at the front.
  • Tampering with the race bib in any way (e.g. obscuring/removing sponsor’s identification) will result in your disqualification. The organizer shall immediately disqualify any participants, if this rule is not strictly observed.
  • Participants without Race Bibs on event day will not be allowed to start the race.
  • Whosoever found to be running with another person’s race bib other than his/ her own will be subjected to disqualification, and possible banned from the event for a period of time.
  • The organizer is against the unlawful transfer of bib. Any transfer must be made known and be authorized by the organizer. This is to ensure that should there be any incidents, the right person is contacted and the right treatment to be administered in some cases.
  1. Mandatory gear check will be conducted prior to Race Pack Collection and randomly during the race.
  2. Any runners who fail to adhere to the list below will incur penalty, where time will be added to their finishing time based on the severity of the omission, and in some cases will give the organizer the right to penalize the said runner. Any decision made is at the organizer’s discretion and it will be final.

** Basic First Aid Kit: For treating minor wounds and injuries and should contain some antiseptic swipes, gauze, and compression/ self-adhesive bandage.

  • The start and finish of the race is at Taiping, Perak, West Malaysia.
  • Please go to Travel section for information on getting to Taiping.
  • Support crews are not required for this race, as the respective checkpoints by the organizer are adequate for runners to successfully complete the race.

  • If you have support crews, kindly ensure that they only support you at the respective checkpoints. Support crews are not allowed on the course, as they could be a hazard to other runners or to themselves. Anyone found to have breached this rule of law will be disqualified and evicted from the course.

  • Organizer is not responsible for the safety of support crews. The registered runner is responsible for the actions of his/ her support crews. Support crews must comply with all instructions from event officials. The runner may be penalized or disqualified for actions or breaches of the rules by their support crew.

  • Support crews must not eat the provided food at checkpoints. The food is for the competitors only.

  • Kindly check with organizer for admission of support crew into the welcoming-party, as only limited number of tickets are available.

To be released on 30th September 2019.

If you can no longer participate in the race, please refer to ‘Refund Policy’ and ‘Entry Transfers’ below to check your available options.

REFUND POLICY

If you cannot find anyone to replace you and would prefer a refund of your entry fee we are able to provide:

  • Full refund less RM50.00 administration fee if you advise us by email any time before the late entry fee date (Friday 31st May 2019 11:59PM).
  • 50% refund if you advise us by email between Saturday 01st June 2019 and Friday 07th June 2019 11:59PM.
  • No monetary refund if you advise us after Friday 07th June 2019 11:59PM.

For refunds prior to 11:59pm Friday 07th June 2019, please email with Subject – Refund/ Name/ Category to mmtfconsultant@gmail..com

In the event that the event course is, in the opinion of the event organizer, unsafe (for example by reason of heavy rain, high winds, bushfires, “acts of god”), organizer may, in their sole discretion, attempts to re-route the course, find an alternative shortened course or cancel the event. Organizer also reserves the right to cancel the event for any other reason which may include but is not limited to terrorism and war. If the event is cancelled, re-routed or shortened, no refund or transfer to another event will be made. Due to the scale of the event and travel & commitment involved by competitors, it is not practical to re-schedule the event to any other weekend.

ENTRY TRANSFERS

TRANSFER OF ENTRY BEFORE Friday 07th June 2019 (EARLY ONLINE ENTRY TRANSFER)

You are able to transfer your entry online to an acquaintance up to Friday 07th June 2019 11:59pm. You need to find the person yourself to transfer your entry to. You need to sort out payment between yourself and the person taking your entry. The person who is taking your entry will also need to pay a RM50.00 transfer fee online to complete their new entry.

For EARLY ONLINE ENTRY TRANSFER, kindly email with Subject – EARLY ONLINE ENTRY TRANSFER / Name/ Category to mmtfconsultant@gmail.com

TRANSFER OF ENTRY BETWEEN 08th June 2019 & 08th July 2019 (LATE ONLINE ENTRY TRANSFER)

You are also able to transfer your entry online to an acquaintance between Friday  07th June 2019 11:59pm and Monday 08th July 2019 11.59pm. You need to find the person yourself to transfer your entry to. You need to sort out payment between yourself and the person taking your entry. The person who is taking your entry will also need to pay a RM100.00 transfer fee online to complete their new entry.

For LATE ONLINE ENTRY TRANSFER, kindly email with Subject – LATE ONLINE ENTRY TRANSFER / Name/ Category to mmtfconsultant@gmail.com

TRANSFER AFTER 08th July 2019

If you find someone to transfer your entry after Monday 08th July 2019 11.59PM, you do not need to contact the organizer. Transfer must be done during REPC and will incur RM130.00 cash administration fee. No transfer is permitted on Saturday 14th  December 2019 morning of the event. The event t-shirt and finisher t-shirt in this case will be based on the original registration before 08th July 2019 and not during transfer after 08th July 2019.

ANY TRANSFER IN THIS CASE CAN BE TO ANY PERSON OF ANY DISTANCE OR CATEGORY.

The person taking your entry must bring the following to the ‘Transfers’ table during REPC (whenever REPC is open):

  • his/ her photo ID and a copy of your event email confirmation
  • a signed letter stating you are transferring the entry to him/ her
  • RM130 cash transfer fee
  • a completed late entry transfer form which will be made available during REPC
  • a signed copy of the Indemnity & Release Form

Downloadable forms are available below: –
Indemnity Form

CATEGORY UPGRADE/ DOWNGRADE BEFORE 31st July 2019

If you would like to change the race category after registered, you are able to upgrade or downgrade your category before Wednesday 31st July 2019 11:59pm.

For upgrade, you are required to pay the category price difference and a RM50.00 cash administration fee.

Kindly email with Subject – CATEGORY UPGRADE/ Name/ Category to mmtfconsultant@gmail.com

For downgrade, you are required to pay a RM50.00 cash administration fee, however the difference in the category price will not be refunded.

Kindly email with Subject – CATEGORY DOWNGRADE/ Name/ Category to mmtfconsultant@gmail.com

CATEGORY UPGRADE/ DOWNGRADE AFTER 31st July 2019

If you decide to upgrade or downgrade your category after Wednesday 31st July 2019 11.59PM, you do not need to contact the organizer. Category change must be done during REPC and will incur RM130.00 cash administration fee.

No category change is permitted on Saturday 14th  December 2019 morning of the event. The finisher t-shirt (if any) for the new category in this case will be based on the event t-shirt size.

You are required to go to the ‘Transfers’ table during REPC (whenever REPC is open):

  • your ID/ Passport and a copy of your event email confirmation
  • RM130 cash administration fee
  • a completed category upgrade/ downgrade transfer form, which will be made available during REPC
  • a signed copy of the Indemnity & Release Form

Downloadable forms are available below: –
Indemnity Form

  1. Confirmation slip
    Note: We encourage a paperless environment. Hence, a confirmation slip displayed through mobile/smartphone at the REPC counter will suffice.
  2. Photocopy of National Registration Identity Card (Malaysian) or Passport together with confirmation slip must be produced during REPC.
  3. Please note that race entry packs will not be issued on event day unless the organizer are informed in advance. This is to ensure that there is no disruption to the preparation of the race.
  4. Kindly note that the registered participant is required to collect his/ her own Race Entry Pack. You are NOT ALLOWED to collect Race Entry Pack on behalf of other runners.
  5. For runners who are not able to collect their race pack during REPC as mentioned above kindly inform us in advance and please ensure that you collect your race pack 3 hours before the start of your race. All race pack collection counters will cease operation 90 mins before the start of the respective race.
  6. INDEMNITY AND RELEASE FORM. PLEASE PRINT AND BRING A COPY OF THE INDEMNITY AND RELEASE FORM AS ATTACHED. FAILURE OF WHICH YOU WILL BE CHARGED RM2.00/COPY FOR PRINTING CHARGES.

Downloadable forms are available below: –
Indemnity Form

All runners are covered by Personal Accident Insurance from PACIFIC INSURANCE.

Class of Insurance: Personal Accident Insurance
Period of Insurance: 13th December 2019 – 15th December 2019

INSURANCE COVERAGE:

Accidental Death: RM5,000.00 or Personal Disability: RM5,000.00
Medical Expenses: RM200.00

Travel :-

One can travel to Taiping, Perak by car, taxi, bus or train from Kuala Lumpur, Penang or Ipoh.

Kuala Lumpur –> Taiping

  1. Take a train/ ETS from KL Sentral to Taiping (3.5hrs), or
  2. Take a bus from KLIA 1 or KLIA 2 (4.5-5hours), or
  3. Take a bus from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS)(4-4.5hrs), or
  4. Take a bus from Puduraya Bus Terminal (4-4.5hrs), or
  5. Taxi (3-3.5hrs), or
  6. Car (3-3.5hrs)

Penang –> Taiping

  1. Take a train/ ETS from Butterworth to Taiping (50-60mins), or
  2. Take a bus from Butterworth (75-90mins), or
  3. Taxi (75-90mins), or
  4. Car (75-90mins)

(For those who require transport/ travel services from Penang International Airport to Taiping, kindly contact Ben (+60173951164) or Rizal (+60184729872) or email lifestylegatewaytravel@gmail.com. Kindly note that though they are recommended by the organizer, all arrangements made is between you and them. Please contact the organizer should you encounter any issues with them.)

Ipoh –> Taiping

  1. Take a train/ ETS from Ipoh to Taiping (50-60 mins), or
  2. Take a bus from Ipoh Amanjaya Bus Station (75-90mins), or
  3. Taxi (75-90mins), or
  4. Car (75-90mins)

Hence, one can fly to either Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh or Penang, and decide their mode of connecting transport from there. Alternatively, one can also take a train or bus from any state in Peninsular Malaysia. If you are travelling from Singapore, there are direct buses from Singapore to Taiping, or from Johor Bahru to Taiping. If you are coming from South of Thailand (between the border of Malaysia-Thailand), you may also take a direct bus after crossing the immigration counter, or opt to take a bus to Butterworth and catch a connecting bus to Taiping.

You may alight both at Kamunting Bus Terminal or Simpang, and take a cab into Taiping Town which will cost you ~ RM10/ trip

Accommodation:-

There are many hotels (budget or otherwise), motels, homestay and beds & café in Taiping Town.

You may alternatively stay at one of the official hotels provided by the organizer as mentioned here in below :-

Novotel Hotel (Contact Person Raymond Chua +6017268 6898)
Panorama Hotel (Contact Person Daniel +6012501 2108)
Perdana Hotel (Contact Person Puan Dini +6016966 1420)
Legend InnTaiping (Book online – https://system.idb.com.my/rev/booking/li)

We will provide shuttle buses to ferry runners to race venue and the above mentioned official hotel. As there might be congestion, we strongly advise that you arrange your own transport to the race venue if time does not favor you and if you do not have the patience.

  1. All participants must register online by providing their name, NRIC/Passport number, gender, contact number, email address, and emergency contact details.
  2. Upon successful registration, each participant will receive a confirmation slip via email. The confirmation slip serves as the only valid evidence of registration. All participants are required to present their respective confirmation slips and, or identity card and; or passport during Race Entry Pack Collection Day.
  3. The Event is open to participants who are 18 years of age and above. Age is calculated based on 14th December 2019.
  4. Participants must place their race bibs facing forward, prominently as high as possible on the front of your Running Tee. Do not place your race bib on the side of your hips, on your back or tucked away in your jacket. Runners found without their race bib numbers may be penalized or disqualified. Please ensure that the race bib number is visible.
  5. Tampering with the race bib in any way (e.g. obscuring/removing sponsor’s identification) will result in your disqualification. The organizer shall immediately disqualify any participants, if this rule is not strictly observed.
  6. No pets or animals allowed on the course.
  7. A runner is not allowed to be supported by any 3rd Party or participant to the race, other than at the Checkpoints/ Water Stations provided by the organizer along the course.
  8. If you withdraw from the race, you must report to the nearest checkpoint. This will ensure that you will be safety removed from the race course and transported back to the race venue.
  9. If you need First Aid assistance on the course, you must contact the emergency number which will be provided to you during the Race Briefing on 13th December 2019.
  10. You must carry your own mandatory gear at all times during the race. Random gear checks will be conducted during the race. Runners without mandatory items will not be able to proceed, until they arrange for the missing items to be replaced.
  11. You must obey the instructions given by checkpoint officials, or course “Trail Masters” and withdraw from the race if you miss any cutoff time at checkpoint or on the course.
  12. Littering is prohibited. Kindly dispose all litter at the nearest checkpoint.
  13. Do not leave any human faeces on the track. If you need to poo, use a toilet, a wag bag or get off track and “Leave No Trace”.
  14. You must obey any information signs and markers along the race course.
  15. Leave the gates as you find them. If closed, you may open the gate to pass through but please ensure that you close them back after you pass.
  16. The organizer reserves the right to discourage and/or penalize behavior that is considered unsporting.
  17. After having safety procedure reviewed on 17th August 2019, the organising team has decided that WEARING SHOES is mandatory to run in the race.
  18. The organizer reserves the right to implement rules which is deemed necessary for the safety or in the best interest of everyone.

EVENT NEWS & UPDATES

TNF MALAYSIA MOUNTAIN TRAIL FESTIVAL 2019 – JULY UPDATE

1. MMTF PREPARATION (PART 1) – THE RIGHT FOOTWEAR

Whether you are a novice, experienced or competitive runner, a good pair of shoe will certainly spell success or failure at MMTF or any trail races or trail related adventures.

BAREFOOT AND SANDALS ARE PROHIBITED AT MMTF. Flaunt this mandatory rule and you will be DISQUALIFIED outright and will not be allowed to start/ will be pull out of the course.

Our advice is that you use a trail-specific running shoe with an outsole to match. This is due to the followings:-

(a) Some parts of the course have soft soil.
(b) Some parts of the course are slippery.
(c) Some parts of the course are rocky.
(d) Some parts of the course are full of roots.
(e) Good trail running shoes will keep your feet dry, increase comfortability and help prevent blisters
(f) Trail running shoes will certainly provide you with the performance and safety your “road only” shoes cannot.

A good trail-specific running shoe will provide you with the stability, traction and protection that you would need.

2. REGISTRATION –

The Registration is officially close. There are 1750 runners from 25 countries who will toe to the starting line in 2019.

To those who are interested to register, kindly email us at mmtfconsultant@gmail.com with your name and preferred distance and we will be in contact with you should there be a change of runners status to your advantage.

If you intend to transfer your slot to anyone, kindly email info@checkpointspot.asia and cc mmtfconsultant@gmail.com with your complete details and the details of the person you intend to transfer your slot to.

3. RACE PROFILE / ELEVATION CHART –

The route inspection by our RD was completed over last weekend. The organizing team will proceed to mark the trails and continue the process of preparing the trails till race day. The back office and design team will start generating the course and elevation profile for the respective distances to be shared with everyone in our October’s update whilst the GPX file will be shared in our November’s update. This is due to the fact that we will be re-submitting the final course profiling to ITRA/ Trace De Trails before we will share them out. This is due to the slight increase in elevation gain of 200-300m for every category owing to development of an area close to the pre-world war railway tunnel.

4. COURSE SIMULATION –

There will be a course simulation exercise for 25KM on 10th August 2019 and 55KM on 17th August 2019. Those who are interested, kindly email us at mmtfconsultant@gmail.com. There is only 10 slots available on 1st come 1st serve basis.

5. TRAINING –

How have your training been? Or Have you even started?

If you have invested lots of time on your feet the last few weeks on flat grassland, its time to develop the flexibility and stability of your feet (ankles especially) and to strengthen your core especially your lower back.

A grass land with lots of slopes or trees will help. Start running up and down those slopes and you may also want to run zig-zagging along a stretch of trees. Go slow for a start and watch those roots protruding out of the ground. Continue to invest your time on your feet here.

You may also start doing some core strengthening exercise apart from the running bit. Head to the gym. You may check in youtube the various exercise that you can do to help you strengthen your core. Again start conservatively. You don’t need to be a hero carrying weights heavier than your own body weight. The secret here is high repetition. So instead of carrying 100KG x 5 reps for example, carry 30KG and do 20 x 5 reps.

Always remember, CONSISTENCY is the key.

Happy Trails
Team TNF Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival 2019

17th July 2019

TAIPING TOWN

Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival will be held in Taiping Town which sits on a coastal plain at the foothills of the Bintang Range. Taiping is located about 48km northwest of Ipoh, the capital of Perak.

Taiping also receives some limelight for being the wettest town in Peninsular Malaysia. The average rainfall is about 4000mm in Taiping while the peninsula’s average is 2000mm-2,500mm. It’s unusual rainfall has also led to a fertile collection of flora and century-old rain trees in the Taiping Lake Garden.

The race will take runners through the pristine trail around Taiping.

One can get into Taiping by travelling to Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh or Penang Airport and thereafter commute by train or bus to Taiping Town.

MAXWELL HILL

Bukit Larut or Maxwell Hill as it is known is a hill resort located in Taiping, Perak, Malaysia. Founded in 1884, it is the oldest hill resort in Malaysia. It is approximately 1440m above sea level. Bukit Larut receives the highest rainfall in Malaysia because it is located in the wettest part of the country.

Maxwell Hill was named after William George Maxwell, who was the British Assistant Resident in Perak.

Bukit Larut retains a colonial atmosphere with its quaint bungalows and English gardens. Access is available only by (government owned) resort authority’s Land Rovers (private vehicles are not allowed without a permit) although people are free to walk up the hill as many do for exercise (reaching the peak can take up to 3–5 hours). The journey, 13 kilometres from the base to the top of Bukit Larut using Land Rovers take around 30 minutes. Unlike more developed hill resorts in Malaysia, Bukit Larut has remained pretty much as it was years ago, hence its low impact on tourism. Up on the peak, the cool weather is a welcome to many visitors who are mostly nature lovers and birdwatchers. The appeal of the resort lies in its untouched beauty, embellished with flowers, birds and tree ferns. It is situated in a national forest where the abundant wildlife is protected.

Temperature at Maxwell Hill is between 15 and 25 °C and can drop to 10 °C at night.

On any clear day, one would be able to catch a glimpse of Penang Island from the peak and also a beautiful view of Taiping from 300m onwards.

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