BUFF Epic Ultimate Trails Of Penang 2020

Botanical Garden, Penang
24 October 2020

BUFF Epic Ultimate Trails Of Penang 2020

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Overview

Location

Taman Ruang Car Park, Botanical Garden, Penang,  Malaysia

Time & Date

24 October 2020 (7.00am, 8:00am, 9:00am)

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Race Category

12km, 20km, 40km

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Race Course: 40 km

Cut off time: 7:00pm


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Race Course: 20 km

Cut off time: 4.00pm


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Race Course: 12 km

Cut off time: 12:00 noon


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Endurance Malaysia Club Member

Type of Card

% Discount

Silver

5%

Gold

10%

Platinum

15%

Diamond

20%

Event Details


Starting and Finishing Venue : Lapangan Memanah, Youth Park, Penang Island

Race date

race

start time

cut off

duration

24 Oct 2020

12km

8:00 am

12:00 pm

4 hours

24 Oct 2020

20km

9.00am

4.00pm

7 hours

24 Oct 2020

40km

7.00am

7.00pm

12 hours











RANKINGS AND PRIZES 

1. The race winner of each categories will be the runner that takes the shortest time (Gun time) to reach the finish point; 

2. Reaching the checkpoints/water station points along the route does not in itself entitle the runner to a place in the rankings and the corresponding points awarded for a qualifying race; 

3. To be awarded, runner must complete the overall race within the final cutoff time of the race; and fulfill the mandatory items requirement. 

4. No prize money will be given; 

5. Prizes will be awarded as below:

Awards

There will be no cash prizes for this event. 

* All finishers will be awarded with Finisher Medals;

* Only 40km  finishers will be awarded with Finisher Tees;*

IMAGE RIGHTS 

Each participant expressly foregoes his/her image rights for the photos taken for the duration of the race, and undertakes not to take any action against the organizers and their authorized partners for the use of his/her image.

Items

12km

20km

40km



Men - Open (below 40 yrs old)

Top 3 trophies / prizes

Top 5 trophies / prizes

Top 10 trophies / prizes



Veteran (40 and above)

Top 3 trophies / prizes

Top 5 trophies / prizes

- Only 1 Open category

- No veteran category



Women - Open (below 40 yrs old)

Top 3 trophies / prizes

Top 5 trophies / prizes

Top 10 trophies / prizes



Veteran (40 and above)

Top 3 trophies / prizes

Top 5 trophies / prizes

- Only 1 Open category

- No veteran category



T-Shirt Sizing

Race Pack Collection

Time : To be advised 

Date : To be advised

Venue : TBA

For runners who are NOT ABLE  to pick up the race packs on Race Pack Collection Day :


40km : You may collect them at Taman Ruang Car Park, Botanical Garden (starting venue) from 6.00am Sat 24 Oct 2020 to 6.30am Sat 24 Oct 2020 before the 40km race starts at 7.00am Sat 24 Oct 2020.

20km : You may collect them at Taman Ruang Car Park, Botanical Garden (starting venue) from 8.00am to 8.30am Sat 24 Oct 2020 before the 20km race starts at 9.00am Sat 24 Oct 2020.

12km : You may collect them at Taman Ruang Car Park, Botanical Garden (starting venue) from 7.00am to 7:30am Sat 24 Oct 2020 before the 12km race starts at 8.00am Sat 24 Oct 2020.

UTOP 2020 - Event Schedule

Time

Event

11.00am - 5:00pm

Race Pack collection at VENUE to be advised. 

SCHEDULE FOR 40km - 24Oct 2020

Time

Event

6:00am - 6.30am

Late race pack collection at stating point, Youth Park

6:00am - 6.30am

Luggage collection

6.30am

Race briefing

7.00am

Flag off for 40km

Anytime

Mandatory items check during race

SCHEDULE FOR 20km & 12km - 24 Oct 2020

Time

Event

7.00am - 7.30am

12km Late race pack collection at stating point, Botanical Garden

7:00am - 7:30am

12km Luggage collection

7:45am

12km Race briefing

8.00am

Flag off (12km)

8:00am - 8:30am

20km late race pack collection at starting point, Botanical Garden

8:00am - 8:30am

20km Luggage collection

8:45 am

Race briefing (20km)

9:00am

Flag off (12km)

PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY  - 24 Oct 2020

Time

Event

10.00am

Expected 12km 1st runner arriving at finish point (2 hrs race time)

10.30am

Prize presentation ceremony for 12km 

11.30am

Expected 20km 1st runner arriving at finish point (2.5 hrs race time)

12:00 noon

Prize ceremony for 20km,

1:00pm 

Expected 40km 1st runner arriving at finish point (6 hours race time)

3:00pm  

Prize ceremony for 40km.

OFFICIAL CUT OFF TIME - 24 Oct 2020

Time

Event

12:00 noon

Official cut off - 12km

4.00 pm

Official race cut off 20km

7.00 pm

Official race cutoff 40km

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Closing of Finishing Point

Race Concept

Penang Island is blessed with amazing numbers of trails for many decades. Blazed by the local inhabitants of Penang, these trails link up various heritage sites and points of interests all over the island. Starting from Youth Park and Botanical gardens, the trails spread out from the north to central and southern part of the Island, from Air Itam, Batu Ferringhi, to Teluk Bahang and Balik Pulau. 


For decades, Penang people have taken to these trails during many of their weekends and public holidays. Some trails are easy and popular for the leisure weekend hikers, while others are rather hilly and less chartered which provide interesting challengers to serious climbers and trail runners. 


Yet, for a long time, most of Penang trails have been a mystery for a lot of people in the Northern parts of Peninsula Malaysia, and Malaysia in general. Many Penang people have not been exposed to the many beauties and challenges of these trails. 


Until Sep 2018. Ultimate Trails of Penang is conceived with a passion for nature trails. Following the successful inaugural edition on 23rd Sep 2018, where more than 400 participants signed up despite the late opening of registration 3 months prior to the race date. Participants have given the race a rave review. In 2019, a new 100km distance category with elevation gain of 6250 m was added to the original 3 categories of 20km, 40km, and 60km. This has made UToP one of the toughest 100km trail race in Malaysia. A total of nearly 600 participants took part this year, which saw an increase of almost 40% over 2018. 


Building on this foundation, UToP has attracted premier brand sponsor, BUFF as the title sponsor for 2020 edition. 

• Ultimate Trails of Penang (U-ToP) takes place this year at the Taman Ruang Car Park, Botanical Garden.

Course Description : 

• All categories 40km, 20km & 12km flag-off from Taman Ruang Car Park, Botanical Garden.

UTOP begins from  Taman Ruang Car Park, Botanical Garden- Trailhead of Mount Olivia -

• Mount Olivia Trail - Top of Mount Olivia - Mount Olivia Mountain-Bike-Trail (MTB) - Coronation Trail - Junction Trail 46 (via Mount Olivia - Old Crag Hotel trail) - Station 46 rest area - Station 47 rest area - Cross Jeep Track - Trail to 84 uphill - Fork (Left) - Trail 84 to Cendana Hill until descent to Station 84 rest area which is Checkpoint #1 Station 84 

12km will leave Checkpoint #1 Station 84, and head towards the finish line at Youth Park. 

• From Checkpoint #1 Station 84 enter shot downhill trail until reach Hye Keat Estate trail junction (Turn Right uphill - for 20km which will pass Buddhist stupas until merge with the main trail that is slightly above the Middle station. As for 40km turn left downhill until bottom hill cross a small bridge Sungai Ayer Puteh and heading to Hill Railway Station Road to enter side trail at Penang Hill Bottom Station which leads to Penang's Heritage Trail 1890 

 40km continue on 'Heritage Trail since 1890' until slightly above the Middle Station (where 20km runners will pass and merge on the same ascending trail 

• Upon reaching Claremont Station turn right and up to Claremont trail until Viaduct Station & Viaduct West Road 20km, 40km : Proceed on Penang Hill By Path G - By Path F and enter By Path A to Penang Hill Summit Road (Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra) 

• 20km & 40km will proceed to turn left heading to Checkpoint #9 Tiger Hill trailhead;

• while 40km & 20km to continue to Checkpoint #9 Tiger Hill trailhead. From here 20km to continue on Moniot 1825 trail descending before entering Moniot Road East trail towards Station 84 for the 2nd time; which is Checkpoint #11 Station 84 

• At Checkpoint #4 Tiger Hill trailhead; 40km continue towards a small stream and cross a small bridge into Tiger Hill ascending trail heading to Checkpoint #5 Kek Lok Si onwards 

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40km : from Checkpoint #9 Tiger Hill trailhead continue towards a small stream and cross a small bridge into Tiger Hill ascending trail 

• Rain Gauge 29 is located at the peak of Tiger Hill. Make right turn to descend until reaching common trail of Tiger Hill - Penang Hill. And turn left heading towards Iron Cross 

• From Iron Cross, take the trail facing in front which is Terrapin Trail or also known as Ngoh Hean Jungle trail until tarmac road of Ngoh Hean Hill. Turn left to a cross junction that is known as 'Hilton Hut' 

• Again take the trail facing forward - Penara Hill trail until reaching tarmac road of Bukit Penara service road 

• A very slight short downhill to enter Penara Hill trail which will lead to tarmac road of 1200 Steps Temple Path 

• Exit Penara Hill nature trail and continue downhill on tarmac road until Checkpoint #10 Kek Lok Si which is located nearby Kuan Yin Statue & Octagonal Pavilion and Kek Lok Si White Pagoda. 

• From Checkpoint #5 Kek Lok Si continue to exit the main entrance gate and turn left into Air Itam dam service road until reaching Air Itam Dam towards playground area and proceed to a short trail before veer left to proceed uphill towards Sitavana Vihara & Buddhist Monastery before entering Mon Sejour nature trail 

• Mon Sejour Old House Ruins is visible at the end of the trail. From there move forward Upper Tunnel Road until merge into Viaduct Road West where it crosses path with 20km. 

For all categories 20km, 40km : Proceed straight to enter short Viaduct Road East before entering Moniot Road East trail until arrive at Station 84 again for the 2nd time; which is the last checkpoint rest area Checkpoint #11 Station 84 

• From Checkpoint #11 Station 84 turn into Point 5 trail until reaching the junction to Station 39 

• From Station 39 proceed downhill to Station 45 and later to Laman Flora at Youth Park trail heading towards the main field area;

• Finally, the finishing line is awaiting for all category finishers to compete the respective UTOP race course at Botanical Garden Taman Ruang Car Park.

Terms & Regulation

Rules and Regulations

SEMI-SELF- SUFFICIENCY 

1. Runners must complete the set course on foot by their own power and ability within the stipulated time; Trekking poles is allowed for runners of all categories; 

2. Drinking cups will not be provided at any of the water station points; 

3. 12k, 20k, 40k runners must have their own cup or other personal container suitable for the purpose; 

4. No pacers are allowed to run along with the runners for all categories; 

5. Personal assistance (support crew) along the running route and at the water stations is Not Allowed in all categories. 


RUNNERS RESPONSIBILITIES 

1. Runners must understand the unique nature and requirements of competing in an ultra-long distance road running race. He/she will be running all day and night on the road and trails. He/she must have undertaken the necessary training to compete in such an event. 

2. Runners will be responsible for his/her own safety by having the ability and skills to deal with problems that may be encountered during the race of this nature. 

3. Runners must be able to undertake or deal with on his/her own without any other external assistance during the deteriorating weather conditions (e.g. raining, strong winds, hot sun and etc..) and other unforeseen circumstances arises while running on the road and/or trails. 

4. Runners who accept any assistance and support from any person may be disqualified.

5. In the event of a runner meeting another runner who is in health difficulty or injured, he/she must stop to help and inform the race organizer to seek for medical assistance. Failure to do so may result in penalties or disqualification being imposed to the runner or runners concerned. 


MANDATORY ITEMS 

1. By entering the race, each runner undertakes to take with him/her all the mandatory items as listed below throughout the race. 

2. Failure to do so will result in application of the time penalties or disqualification.

Mandatory items (gear checks will be carried out on all runners before the race starts, and spot checks may be carried out along the route during the race): 


40km Category 

1. Headlamp x 1, spare batteries x 1 set; 

2. Whistle; 

3. Mobile Phone; 

4. 1.5 litre water carrying capacity; 

5. Own cups/bowls and spoons/forks; 

6. Emergency blanket;


20km Category 

1. 1 litre water carrying capacity; 

2. Mobile phone; 

3. Own cups (no cup will be givem at water stations); 


12km Category 

1. 1 litre water carrying capacity; 

2. Mobile phone; 

3. Own cups; - (OPTIONAL but no cup will be given at water stations) 


Recommended (not compulsory): 

• Blinking light; 

• Sport foods & Gels; 

• Rucksack or waist bag; 

• Head gear or cap or bandana; 

• Sun UV block; 

• Cash; 

• Route Map and Elevation Map.


BIBS 

1. Each bib is given individually to each runner in the Race Pack, upon presentation of suitable identity document; 

2. Each runner will be given one bib number: this must be worn and clearly visible on the chest or stomach or on the back of the backpack carried by the runners; 

3. The bib number is required for access to the water station areas, physio treatment, rest rooms etc; 

4. To encourage more participation, Bib is transferable before 1st Oct 2020 at a cost of RM 50 . Thereafter, race bib is transferable at a cost of RM 100 after 30 Sep 2020; 

5. Upgrade and downgrade will be allowed before 1st Oct 2020, RM 50 after 30 Sep 2020. 

6. No fee is refundable after the registration is completed; 


RACE COURSE MARKERS 

1. The race course will be marked with reflective tapes and signs along the course and at major junctions; 

2. Runners must follow the directions given by the race organizer during the race briefing; 


DROP BAGS 

1. There is no drop bag for all categories; 


SAFETY AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE 

1. In order to ensure race safety, race organizer will prepare and arrange for rescue and medical assistance during the race. However, each participant must recognize and understand that there are risks of injuries and/or accidents associated with trail running. Runners are participating in this race at his/her own risk;

2. While the race organizer has purchased Public Liability Insurance and Personal Accident Insurance coverage (hospitalization) for this event, it is strongly recommended that the runners obtained an adequate Personal Accident Insurance coverage for himself; 

3. Medical points will be set up at certain water stations; 

4. If necessary, and in the interests of the person being rescued, at the exclusive discretion of the organizers, the official medical rescue services may be called upon to take over operations, using any means they consider appropriate, including an ambulance. Any costs deriving from such exceptional transport will be charged to the person who has been rescued; 

5. Depending on the runner health conditions, an emergency evacuation may be required. This emergency evacuation will be at the expenses of the person being rescued; 

6. The official race medical assistants are authorized to withdraw from the competition any runners that they consider as unfit to continue or are in danger. The runner bib will be removed as part of the DNF (Did Not Finish) procedures; 

7. If a runner drops out from the race, runner must first inform and register with the nearest checkpoints that he/she is dropping out. Proper "DNF" procedure should be followed and completed before the runner is allowed to leave the event: 

8. In case of an emergency, if you are unable to reach the race headquarters, you can also call the public emergency number '999' directly for help; 

9. The race organizers reserves the right to implement any additional measures at any time to enhance and protect the safety of the race and the runners before the race and during the race. 


CHECKPOINTS OR WATER STATION POINTS 

1. The timing will be recorded at the checkpoints/water station points established by the organizers; 

2. Only runners sporting their regular bib number will have access to the water station; 

3. No water cups will be dispensed to the runners. Runners will need to use their own cups or containers for any drinks served at the check points or water stations; 

4. The route map, which can also be downloaded online, will contain accurate indications of the water station points; 

5. The organisers reserve the rights to carry out mandatory item checks at any of the check points and other unspecified points along the route during the race; 6. Food and drinks at the water station points are solely for runners only.


MAXIMUM RACE TIME PERMITTED AND CUTOFF TIMES 

1. The maximum time allotted for completion of the race are: 

• 12km - 4 hours; 

• 20km - 7 hours; 

• 40km - 12 hours; 

2. In the event of poor weather conditions and/or for safety reasons, the organisers reserve the rights to suspend the race or to make changes to the cut-off times; 


DNF (Did not Finish) PROCEDURES 

1. Runners may DNF voluntarily or by missing the stipulated cut-off times at various checkpoints along the race course; 

2. Runner who decides to pull out voluntarily must proceed to the nearest checkpoint, inform and register with the race staffs by signing a DNF Form, and the bib will be specially marked to indicate the DNF status of the runners.

3. Runners who fail to arrive at the checkpoints within the stipulated cut-off times will not be allowed to continue running in the race. His/her bib will be specially marked, and a DNF Form will need to be signed;

4. Runner who fails to notify the organisers immediately of his/her voluntary DNF, thereby setting in motion a search and rescue operations by the rescue staff, will be liable to pay for any costs deriving there-from; 

5. Runner who has DNFed from the race are not allowed to continue his/her run. IF he/she insists on continuing running, he/she is NO LONGER in this event, and will be running entirely on his/her own accord and at his/her own risk. The organizer reserves the right to ban this kind of runner from future edition of Ultimate Trails of Penang; 

6. The DNF runners should rest at a bright, safe place with sufficient phone coverage and wait for a non-scheduled race shuttle for pickup and delivery to the finish point; 

7. If runner is unable to move on his/her own, either return to the nearest water station point he/she has just left or to the next water station point. Please contact the emergency number '999' or the race headquarters to seek for assistance.


PROHIBITED ACTIONS 

1. Not carrying the mandatory items during the race, including not wearing reflector vest or bright blinking accessories during the night; 

2. Taking shortcuts and/or running off the track; 

3. Throw any garbage along the running route. 

4. Cheating (e.g. using other means of transportation, using substitute runners and other unlawful actions); 

5. Not abiding by the rules and regulation given by the race organizer and official race staffs including medical assistants, emergency staffs and marshals; 

6. Not wearing the race bib at all times during the race; 

7. Continue to run after the cut off time without the agreement of race officials; 

8. Doping and the use of prohibited drugs; 

9. Running with his/her supporters 


PENALTIES 

Breaking of any rules may incur a time penalties or disqualification. Any such penalties are at the organizer's discretion and are final. 


COMPLAINTS 

Suggestions must be in writing and must be presented after the closing ceremony of the event at the finishing point or send to seowkong.ng@endurancenature.com.my 


CHANGES TO THE ROUTE OR TO THE TIME DEADLINES - CANCELLATION OF THE RACE 

1. The organizers reserve the rights, at any time and without prior notice, to make changes to the route and checkpoints/water station points or to the time deadlines; 

2. In the event of adverse weather conditions (a strong depression with heavy rain), the start of the race may be postponed for 6 hours at most, after which time the race will be cancelled; 

3. Where necessary, the organizers reserve the rights to make changes to or eliminate certain stretches of the route.

Entry List

Category

Open to all, Malaysian, PR, INT

Early

Until 29 Feb 2020

Standard

1 Mar - 31 July 2020

Late

1 Aug 2020 after

12 km

Non MURA Members

*MURA Members

RM100

RM100

RM120

RM120

RM160

RM160

20 km

Non MURA Members

*MURA Members

RM200

RM200

RM230

RM230

RM250

RM250

40 km

Non MURA Members

*MURA Members

RM280

RM230

RM300

RM260

RM330

RM300

60 km

Non MURA Members

*MURA Members

RM350

RM300

RM380

RM340

RM420

RM380

100 km

Non MURA Members

*MURA Members

RM430

RM400

RM480

RM440

RM520

RM480

*To be eligible for MURA (Malaysia Ultra Runners Association) member discount, applicants need to be MURA members 15 days before each period (early bird, standard and late).

Age


Cut Off Time


 1. The participant needs to be 18 years old and above on the race days.

 2. Age of the participants is to be based on the date of event.

 3. Registration Fees are exclusive of online processing fee.

 4. Once the registration is completed and payment has been made, the entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.