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Scaling Heights and Unveiling New Horizons: The Inaugural Ledang Climbathon and the Rebirth of Gunung Ledang

Taman Negara Gunung Ledang, 20 August 2023 – Against the serene backdrop of Taman Negara Gunung Ledang, an extraordinary tale of human endurance and triumph unfolded during the inaugural Ledang Climbathon.

Held in conjunction with the grand opening of Kailas Ledang and marking the reopening of Gunung Ledang two weeks prior, this event carried profound significance. From 7:00 AM, participants conquered the demanding elevation of 1,506 metres in the 14km category and embraced the 7km route.

National athletes Tahira Najmunisaa Muhammad Zaid and Muhaizar bin Mohamad stood out as inspiring symbols of determination and achievement, etching their names into the narrative of this historic event.


Tahira Najmunisaa Muhammad Zaid: A Trailblazer’s Triumph

Tahira Najmunisaa Muhammad Zaid

Tahira Najmunisaa Muhammad Zaid emerged as the Female Champion in both the Women’s Open and Malaysian Women’s categories, embodying resilience and dedication. Recording a time of 2 hours, 46 minutes, and 12 seconds, Tahira’s performance embodied her unyielding commitment and unwavering spirit.

Reflecting on her accomplishment, Tahira shared, “The inaugural Ledang Climbathon was more than a race; it was a journey of self-discovery against the breathtaking backdrop of nature’s grandeur. The challenging elevation tested my limits, yet the camaraderie and awe-inspiring scenery fueled my determination. My victory stands as a tribute to the unwavering spirit of athletes embarking on this remarkable journey.”

Tahira’s victory ignites inspiration, motivating others to pursue their dreams with relentless dedication.


Muhaizar bin Mohamad: Pioneering Success with Grit

Muhaizar bin Mohamad

Muhaizar bin Mohamad once again etched his name in the annals of national athletics, securing the First Runner-Up position in the Men’s Open category and earning the Champion title in the Malaysian Men’s category. Clocking a time of 2 hours, 11 minutes, and 42 seconds, Muhaizar’s performance reflected years of intensive training and a resolute spirit.

“In the dynamic world of competitive running, every race contributes to our growth. The inaugural Ledang Climbathon posed unique challenges, merging trail running expertise with the mental fortitude needed for uphill ascents. My victory signifies not just personal achievement, but the triumph of pushing limits,” Muhaizar humbly conveyed, encapsulating his remarkable accomplishment.

Muhaizar’s achievement reinforces his position as a national role model, inspiring emerging athletes to surpass obstacles and chart their path to excellence.


Celebrating Accomplishment Amidst Nature’s Splendor

Mahadev Rijal from Nepal

The inaugural Ledang Climbathon 2023 saw the participation of 257 athletes in the 14km category and 64 participants in the 7km category. Notably, Nurul Juliana Shakira Binti Abdul Halim secured the runner-up position among the female participants in the 14km category with a time of 2 hours, 56 minutes, and 55 seconds. Ng Song Hiang clinched the third spot with a timing of 2 hours, 56 minutes, and 56 seconds.

In the fiercely competitive Men’s category, Mahadev Rijal from Nepal stood as the victor with an impressive chip time of 1 hour, 59 minutes, and 1 second, recorded a stunning 12 minutes and 41 seconds ahead of Muhaizar, setting a remarkable benchmark for future editions of the Ledang Climbathon. Yusof Bin Abdul Manan secured the third position, finishing the race in 2 hours, 11 minutes, and 45 seconds.


Vin Yeo, Race Director of Ledang Climbathon 2023, Mountain Goat: Pioneering New Heights

(First from Right) Vin Yeo, Race Director of Ledang Climbathon 2023

Vin Yeo, the Race Director of Ledang Climbathon 2023 and spokesperson for the event, reflected on the inaugural Ledang Climbathon and its significance. “We are thrilled with the overwhelming response to the Ledang Climbathon’s first edition, which aligns with the grand opening of Kailas Ledang and marks the revival of Gunung Ledang. The challenging elevation of 1,506 metres added a distinctive element to the race, attracting athletes of all levels. This event encapsulates not only conquering mountains but also conquering personal boundaries. We eagerly anticipate future editions that will continue to challenge and inspire participants to reach the zenith of their potential.”

The inaugural Ledang Climbathon 2023 celebrated resilience, camaraderie, and sportsmanship. Participants, spectators, and organisers left the event with a profound sense of accomplishment and a deepened reverence for the harmony between human determination and nature’s untouched beauty.

Set against the breathtaking landscape of Taman Negara Gunung Ledang, triumphant athletes such as Tahira Najmunisaa Muhammad Zaid and Muhaizar bin Mohamad embodied human potential, epitomising the heights attainable through discipline, dedication, and an unwavering spirit. Their achievements echo as a beacon, inspiring others to overcome challenges and carve their path to greatness.

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