The annual Cameron Ultra marks the 6th edition for the year 2023, a total of almost 2,500 runners from around the world gather to tackle the multiple challenging categories courses, ranging from 4 km (beginner category), to 14 km, 30 km, 60 km, and 100 km (open categories). CULTRA is a powerful platform in promoting sports tourism and stimulating economic growth. As the popularity of sports tourism continues to grow, we can expect to see CULTRA being held yearly.
This event definitely puts Malaysia on the map and attract attention from the global media.
The course record for the 100km category was set by Hisashi Kitamura, who raced across the finish line in an impressive 12 hours 1 minute and 7 seconds. This new record adds to the growing list of accomplishments for the Cameron Ultra.
International participation has also reached new heights with 36 countries taking part in the race. The event’s global appeal has grown significantly, with a 35% increase in international participants compared to the previous editions.
This year’s edition introduced a few notable differences from previous events – with new challenging technical courses for all categories, which included additional elevation gain, providing participants with a more challenging and exhilarating experience. Additionally, the introduction of 4 km distance gives beginner runners the chance to experience Cameron Ultra and nurture the new generation of ultra trail runners. With the addition of this new category, the event now offers five race options.
CULTRA is excited to announce that this event is supported by Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) which is an agency under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia. This latest venture aligns perfectly with our goals, making them a well suited partner for CULTRA.
In addition, one of CULTRA 2023 safety CheckPoint (CP), has been sponsored by Big Big Place and with their generous support, we can now enhance the overall experience for our participants, supporters and community. We will have the opportunity to introduce new features, improve existing offerings, and explore innovative ideas that will take CULTRA 2023 to a higher level.
The Cameron Ultra has a reputation for being a test of endurance and resilience, and this year was no exception. The coldest temperature recorded during the event reached a chilling 11°C, adding an additional element of challenge to the race. The Cameron Ultra continues to grow in popularity and prestige. With a total of five race categories, a record number of participants, and new course challenges, the event has truly solidified its place in the trail running world.