The North Face – Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival 2019 (TNF-MMTF 2019) is back for a second consecutive year from December 13 to 15 in Taiping, Perak. Over 1900 runners from 27 countries are expected 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 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).
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.
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.