TNF-MMTF 2019 has been inducted into the Malaysia Ultra League and is the Season Finale Race for the acclaimed 2019 Asia Trail Master Championship Series.
The North Face joins TNF-MMTF 2019 as the Title Sponsor, along with Suunto as the Official Timing Partner and Spritzer as Official Venue Sponsor – Official Bottled Water Partner
After a successful inauguration in 2018, The North Face Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival 2019 (TNF-MMTF 2019) is back for a second consecutive year (December 13th-15th) as over 1900 runners from 27 countries converge in Taiping, Perak for the competition.
Co-organised by the MMTF Consultant, Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Perak, Spritzer Berhad and Larut Matang Hash House Harriers & Harriets, TNF-MMTF will offer four routes for trail runners (10KM, 25KM, 55KM and 84KM) to test their physical endurance at the pristine yet challenging trails of Taiping with various elevations of 400m, 1200m, 3100m and 4600m respectively.
The 10km run, known as the “Freshman Run” is suited for beginners, while the new 25KM run is known as the “Ball Breaker Run”. The TNF-MMTF also offers two versions of the Ultra Challenge which are the 55KM and 84KM.
The 25KM, 55KM and 84KM race courses are certified by the International Trail Running Association (ITRA) and have been added into the list of qualifying races for the world renowned Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB).
Trail running will not be the only agenda on the TNF-MMTF, which aims to congregate the trail running community from around the globe through music and food as well at the official venue, Spritzer Eco Park.
“We are proud to be having this event for a second consecutive year, and with a bigger turnout this time. It is testament that more Malaysians are embracing an active lifestyle through events like this. We hope everyone will have great memories to bring back from this year’s event,” said Ewegene Tan, the organizer of TNF-MMTF from MMTF Consultant.
One of the main highlights for TNF-MMTF is the fact it has been penciled in as the Season Finale for the 2019 Asia Trail Master (ATM) Championship. This is to enhance the standard of “ultra-trail” running to a higher level in Malaysia. The new ATM Champions will be crowned in Taiping after what promises to be an exciting race on the 84 km course. There are several title contenders, including a few Malaysian runners, who have been competing for ATM points throughout the year in 14 Asian countries.
The organizers of the TNF-MMTF are also eager to promote the state of Perak and Taiping, once ranked Top 3 Sustainable Cities in the world, as a thriving social economy.
Yang Berhormat Tan Kar Hing from Perak State Exco of Tourism said: “We are pleased to have the TNF-MMTF back for another year. Last year was a memorable and successful event, and we are confident this event will once again put Perak on the sporting and tourism map.”
Tuan Roslee B. Ahmad Rafie, Manager of the Bukit Larut Tourism Centre under the administration of Majlis Perbandaran Taiping said: “Taiping has always been a unique tourist destination in Malaysia, and with the TNF-MMTF returning again, we can also now call it the home of trail running. We couldn’t be prouder.”
The TNF-MMTF also aims to give back to the society. In 2018, some of the proceeds from the event were channeled towards the “Kids Colouring Competition” and stationeries to the less fortunate students in Taiping.
Part of the registration fees in 2018 also went towards the Bukit Larut/Maxwell Hill Management for the maintenance of the tourism hotspot.
This year, the TNF-MMTF has pledged support to the Perdana Global Peace Foundation – an anti-war movement and initiative of global peace – through trail running.
Tan Sri Norian Mai, The Chairman of Perdana Global Peace Foundation said: “We are delighted to be part of the TNF-MMTF, who in their own way is helping us champion our message of world peace through trail running which brings people and communities together.”
2018 was a smooth sailing event with zero incidents and 2019 is expected to be another successful event with a bigger turnout this time around.
For more information about The North Face – Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival 2019, visit https://mmtf.my
Name of Event : The North Face – Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival 2019
Date : 13-15 December 2019
Venue : Spritzer Eco Park, Taiping, Perak