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Merapoh Rainforest Trail 2024 Returns with New Addition of 10KM Category

The much-anticipated return of the Merapoh Rainforest Trail, organised by Mt Tahan Ventures, is set to captivate adventure enthusiasts from 31 May to 1 June 2024 in Kampung Merapoh, Kuala Lipis, Pahang. The race returned in 2023 following a temporary hiatus due to the pandemic, with new promises for the 2024 edition with a fusion of athleticism, nature, and a new 10KM category, opening the event to a broader audience.

Husnan Husin, founder of Mt Tahan Ventures and race director of Merapoh Rainforest Trail

Husnan Husin, Founder and Race Director of Mt Tahan Ventures, expressed enthusiasm about the 10KM category, designed to cater to beginners and local residents of Merapoh and Kuala Lipis. “The 10KM category is an opportunity for individuals new to trail running to experience the Merapoh forest in a manageable yet thrilling way. We are keen on encouraging local participation and fostering a connection between the community and the natural wonders in their backyard.”

The 2023 edition of the Merapoh Rainforest Trail featured four categories: 25km, 50km, 100km, and the challenging 160km, drawing participants globally. The picturesque Merapoh forest, with its ancient caves, crystal-clear rivers, and lush greenery, served as the backdrop for an unforgettable trail running experience.

Enhancements for the 2024 edition include extended cut-off times for all categories, empowering women in trail running with an additional one-hour cut-off time in the women’s category, heightened safety measures with increased crew members and medical teams, upgraded checkpoint facilities, and an additional media team to capture participants’ memorable moments.

In the spotlight for 2024 is the introduction of the 10KM category, where participants will explore Gua Lima and traverse the Persit River for a distance of 2km. The category aims to provide a curated trail running experience for beginners and local residents. This is in addition to its 25KM, 50KM and 100KM categories.

To encourage participation, Husnan added that the Merapoh Rainforest Trail 2024 will offer a generous 10 per cent discount for a registration group comprising of ten participants and above, and a 5 to 9 per cent discount for a group of 5 to 9 participants. While all returning participants for its 2022 and 2023 edition are also eligible for a 5 per cent discount on their registration.

As the event has significantly impacted the local community, organisers envision a future for sports tourism in Merapoh. Planned events include the Merapoh Jungle Marathon and the Mount Tahan Climbaton, aiming to showcase the region’s natural beauty and challenge participants in unique ways.

Mt Tahan Ventures invites participants to join the Merapoh Rainforest Trail, a journey beyond conventional trail running, combining the thrill of the wild with a profound connection to nature.

Interested participants can register here.