Tour of Peninsula Series 2021 KL to Penang

Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur
1-5 December 2021

Tour of Peninsula Series 2021 KL to Penang



Merdeka Square,

Kuala Lumpur

Time & Date

1 - 5 December 2021 (Sunday)

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Race Stages

5 Stages over 5 days (367km)


Race Concept

This is the "signature" event of The Coros Tour of  Peninsula Ultra Series and at 367 kms the longest.

It consists of 5 stages (detailed below) making it Malaysia's first multi stage ultra running event.

Its intention is to promote and celebrate the culture, countryside and vibrant colors of the Malaysian Peninsula and, whilst the ToP 21 will not be planned to be an annual event, we intend for this element of the Series to be held annually. In fact, we believe that like other world famous events e.g. The Tour of France the route will alter annually helping participants exploree the entire length of the Peninsula over time. 

We hope it can help to revive the spirit of adventure when travelling between Kuala Lumpur and its other major cities like Penang without the expressways and domestic air travel were much less frenetic day to day events and much more memorable experiences. 

The route tracks Malaysia's oldest interstate road known as the North/South Trunk Road (FT1) which explores the western interior of the Peninsula. It is, thanks to the expressway, relatively runner friendly. It allows runners to enjoy many of Malaysia's famous towns and villages that have been almost forgotten about since the expressway opened in 1994. Runners will run along the western foothills of the Titiwangsa and Banjaran ranges that form the mountainous spine of the peninsula.

Overview of Route / Stages





Distance (kms)

Cut Off Time (COT)



Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur

Tanjong Malim, Perak





Tanjong Malim, Perak

Tapah, Perak





Tapah, Perak

Chemor, Perak





Chemor, Perak

Semanggol, Perak





Semanggol, Perak

SMK Convent Butterworth



Full Distance : 367 Kilometres You view the full route here

Full Elevation Profile : KL - Butterworth, Penang


Starting Venue : Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur             Finish Venue : Tanjong Malim, Perak

Race date : 1st December 2021                                              Start time : 7am, Cut off time : 8pm, Distance : 73kms

Route Description : The route leaves KL and heads north towards Batu Caves and then ascends up to Ulu Yam through the Selangor State Park. After descending down to Batang Kali it rejoins the iconic trunk road. It touches the edge of KKB as it winds its way northwards into Tanjung Malim on the Selangor and Perak border. The old quarter of this bustling town dates back to the 1700's and is famed for the Guava orchards planted along its riverbanks.

Route Profile : Day#1 73 KM: Dataran Merdeka, KUL - Dewan Orang Ramai Ulu Bernam Tanjong Malim, PRK

Elevation Profile :


Starting Venue : Tanjong Malim, Perak             Finish Venue : Tapah, Perak

Race date : 2nd December 2021                         Start time : 7am, Cut off time : 8pm, Distance : 75kms

Route Description : After leaving Tanjong Malim there are a series of small farming kampungs (villages) that fringe the old federal trunk road as runners head north. The largest of these are towns like Berhang, Slim River, Sungkai and Bidor. All of which have a quaint feel as well as being steeped in a unique history that you can literally feel as you run through them. At the same time to the East runners will, weather permitting, enjoy the vistas of the mountainous spine of the peninsula with peaks like Gunung Liang and the start of the Cameron Highlands will be visible too. Tapah where Stage 2 concludes is known as the gateway to the cool colonial resort and famed tea plantations of Malaysia.

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Starting Venue : Tapah, Perak             Finish Venue : Chemor, Perak

Race date : 3rd December 2021           Start time : 7am, Cut off time : 8pm, Distance : 72kms

Route Description : The area north of Tapah is the heart of Perak and its colourful and opulent tin mining history. The primary towns that the route passes through are Bidor, Kampar, Gopeng and Simpang Pulai. In these towns and in between them are many well-known local delicacies and fresh fruits. Shortly after Kampar the scenery starts to change as more and more limestone pinnacles become visible. Rather than passing through the centre of Ipoh the route passes along the edge of The Kinta Forest Reserve tasting through areas like Tambun, famed for its hot springs and caves, Tanjong Rambutan and Tanah Hitam. Along the way the impressive Gunung Korbu (The 2nd tallest peak on the peninsula) looks down on the runners and escorts them into the market town of Chemor where this 3rd stage concludes. 

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Starting Venue : Chemor, Perak             Finish Venue : Semanggol, Perak

Race date : 4th December 2021              Start time : 7am, Cut off time : 8pm, Distance : 76kms

Route Description : After leaving Chemor the first town that Stage 4 passes through is Sungai Siput the birthplace of the peninsula's state of emergency back in 1948 when 3 planters were murdered. The route crosses the Perak River at Enggor and follows this down to the Sultan of Perak's home town of Kuala Kangsar. Despite Taiping and latterly Ipoh taking precedence as the State Capitals, Kuala Kangsar remains one of the most attractive of the Malay royal capitals. From here the route that has been edging south to avoid the Lenggong Valley heads westwards towards the coast before turning northwards at Changkat Jering. It bypasses the centre of Taiping and concludes for the day in a small Kampung known as Semanggol after crossing the north south expressway.

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Starting Venue : Semanggol, Perak             Finish Venue : Butterworth, Penang

Race date : 5th December 2021                    Start time : 7am, Cut off time : 8pm, Distance : 71kms

Route Description : After passing through Bagan Serai the route crosses into the state of Penang at its southernmost town of Nibong Tebal. This was originally settled in the early 1800's and sugar became it's primary agricultural crop. This brought interest and industry by western settlers to the area and it prospered. The course continues northwards through the smaller towns of Sungai Jawi and eventually passes through the more densely populated towns of Simpang Ampat & Bukit Mertajam. Eventually the route reaches Perai which was the transit point for much of the tin that was exported to the west thanks to the nascent railway line that ran from this trading port to Ipoh. As a result this area has become heavily industrialised and contributes much to Penang's rich history and relative wealth. The route crosses the Perai River and enters the equally industrialised and influential area of Butterworth where the Port of Penang is located and concludes at the Convent School of Butterworth that is a stone's throw from the iconic ferry terminal linking the peninsula to the island of Penang.

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Event & Registration Information:


Fees are in Malaysian Ringgits (MYR)

Fees exclude the Race Registration fee levied by our appointed Race Registration Portal

The fee includes the following:

Medical Support during the event

Event tee for finishers;

A downloadable e-certificate;
A Minimum Contribution to the Orang Asli Charity/Cause

The fee does not include:

Accommodation for runners and support crews;

Food and beverages for the runner and the crews throughout the entire duration of the race;

All expenses related to the support car and crews. Runners will bear/share these expenses separately.

Our registration portals (Runners Unite) fees that are usually 6%

Event Details :

The most important detail of this event is that it is unsupported. This means that it will be the participants responsibility to carry/source their own nutrition and hydration for each stage.

The second most important detail is that the route will be unmarked. Other than at the start and finish there there is no signage to guide participants.

A gpx file with the route and a route narrative will be provided to each participant. It will be their responsibility to keep to the correct course.

Race Pack Collection

Time:  11:00am - 6:00pm 

Date:  30th November 2021

Venue:   To be Advised

For runners who are NOT ABLE to pick up the race packs on Tuesday, 30th November 2021:

You may collect them at Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur (starting venue) from 6am to 6:45am Sunday, 1st December 2021 before the race starts at 7am

T-Shirt Sizing

TOP 2021 - Event schedule



5:45 AM

Race briefing

6:00 AM

Flag off

7:00 PM

Cut Off @ Tanjong Malim



5:45 AM

Race briefing

5:00 AM

Flag off

7:00 PM

Cut Off @ Tapah



5:45 AM

Race Briefing

6:00 AM

Flag Off

7:00 PM

Cut Off @ Chemor



5:45 AM

Race Briefing

6:00 AM

Flag Off

7:00 PM

Cut Off @ Taiping



5:45 AM

Race Briefing

6:00 AM

Flag Off

7:00 PM

Cut Off @ Taiping

Rules and Regulations for Runners in Ultra Distance Categories...

Given the reasonable race fee for all events under the Tour of Peninsula Ultra Event Series (ToP) 2021 the primary rule is that runners will run these events on a self sufficient basis. To avoid any confusion self sufficiency is defined as follows...


  • Runners must complete the set course on foot by their own power and ability within the stipulated time;

  • There are no organised water station points on the race course. Water will only be organised for runners at the start and finish when runners will need to have their own drinking cup/container suitable for the purpose of decanting water into.

  • No pacers are allowed to run along with the runners for any part of the course.

  • No personal assistance (a support crew) is allowed.

Runners Responsibility

Health requirements:

Every competitor must present a medical certificate of being in good health acquired within three months before the race date. 

The following medical conditions will prevent the competitor from taking part in the race: heart disease (including congenital heart disease, rheumatic heart disease and so on), myocarditis, coronary artery disease, severe arrhythmia, hypertension, cerebrovascular disease, diabetes with much high blood sugar, as well as any other medical condition deemed unsuitable for taking part in this extreme race.

Every competitor must fill out the Participation Statement completely, and when check-in before the race, re-confirmation and re-signature will be required. 

Race Experience Required for Race #1 & #2 only e.g. Multi-Stage Ultra events: 

  • Has completed at least one 70km Ultra event (within 13 hours) within two years before registration date ; 

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 on the road. He/she must have undertaken the necessary training to compete in such an event.

Runners must run on the right hand side of the road towards oncoming traffic at all times. The only exception to this is if there is a footpath which they can run on. Any runner seen doing otherwise risks incurring time penalties and/or disqualification.

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.

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 arising while running. 

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 organiser to seek medical assistance. Failure to do so may result in penalties or disqualification being imposed to the runner or runners concerned.

Race support

  • Due to the definition of "self sufficiency" in terms of their being no aid stations all race participants must prepare and carry their own food and beverages for the whole duration of their race. Additionally, they must carry sufficient cash to purchase additional and/or emergency supplies along the way;

  • Participants may rest and sleep along the route so long as they ensure that they are in a safe location. 

Code of Conduct

  • The participants must respect all the organizers, referees, workers, medical staffs and volunteers. Any competitor found violating this rule shall be penalized.

  • The participants must abide by every article of Malaysia's laws and regulations and respect the local customs and religious beliefs.

  • If a participant encounters a safety issue which would endanger him or her, or other personnel (including other participants, organizers, staff, medical personnel and volunteers etc.), the competitor is required to report the issue to the Organizing Committee as soon as possible, and describe the issue in detail to the organizers.

  • If a participant see's another participant in distress they must stop and offer assistance. Not to do so would be considered unsportsmanlike conduct and could be penalised. 

Right of Final Interpretation

The Organizing Committee reserves the right of final interpretation of all documents relevant to the race.

Rules & regulations

1. All events in the Tour of Peninsula Ultra Event Series (ToP) 2021 are open to the general public who are 18 or over, including international runners with a valid passport;

2.  Race entry fees are non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-deferrable;

3.  Change of category or other details will not be allowed after race entry has been confirmed. If the Participant wish, he/she can make another new registration to change to another category;

4.  The Organisers reserve the right to limit, accept or reject any entries without prior notice and reasons;

5.  The Organisers reserve the right to close the entries before the announced deadline without any notice or when the quota for the allocated slots have been fully taken up;

6.  The Organisers reserve the right to prevent/stop a Participant from racing or continuing to race should he/she fail to follow the rules and regulation of the race;

7.  Whilst the organisers will take every possible steps and measures to ensure the safety of the Participant, the Participant is taking part at entirely his/her own risks and the Organisers, their sponsors, their appointed officials and volunteers shall not be liable for any death or injury, loss or damage, suffered or otherwise and however arising;

8.  The Organisers reserve the right to stop any Participants from continuing with the race if the participants are deemed to be physically incapable of continuing with the race, so as to avoid causing him/her greater harm/injury to himself or herself;

9.   The Organisers reserve the right to change the event date and event venue at their own discretion;

10.  The Organisers reserve the right to use any photographs (including those of Participants), motion pictures, recordings, or any other record of this event for any legitimate purpose, including commercial advertising; As a result, 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 organisers and their authorised partners for the use of his/her image.

11.  Participants must agree to receive from the organisers from time to time emails, SMS blast. Any notice sent by email from The Organisers or the party assigned by the Organisers to the supplied address on the registration form shall be assumed as received by the Participant. 

12.  The Organisers reserve the right to delay the commencement of the race in the event of inclement weather or any form of acts of God (haze, flood, lightning, thunderstorm, typhoons and etc).  Should the above mentioned conditions persist after the delay, deemed to be unsafe or impossible to proceed, the Organisers reserve the right to cancel the race without any refunds of fees or donations paid unless the Organisers have considerations to give a refund and The Organisers shall not be held liable for any loss or inconvenience caused. 

13.  The organisers reserve the right to amend the Rules & Regulations without giving prior notification or any reasons thereof.

14.  Completion of the registration form and payment indicate that the Participant's agreement to abide by the above rules and regulation of the race.

Mandatory Items...

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

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):

For All Runners:

Own cups/container;

For All Ultra Runners

  1. Headlamp x 1, spare batteries; Participants must ensure that they wear these during the hours of darkness before 7am and after 7pm;

  2. Rear Blinking lights; Participants must ensure that they wear these during the hours of darkness before 7am and after 7pm
  3. Basic Emergency First Aid Kit
  4. Whistle
  5. Cash for supplies

  6. Route Map/Instructions and Elevation Map;

  7. GPS watch or portable device to navigate/record their way during the race.

  8. Mobile phone & Battery Pack 

Recommended (not compulsory):

Sport foods & Gels; 

Rucksack or waist bag;

Bladder or Bottles for carrying fluid 

Head gear or cap or bandana; 


Sun UV block;

Rain Jacket

Emergency Blanket

Race Course Markings

The race course is NOT marked. Runners must follow the directions given by the race organiser in the route narrative and/or gpx files that can be downloaded from the race briefing email that they'll receive before the event; 


  1. In order to ensure race safety, race organiser will prepare and arrange for rescue and medical assistance during the race. However, each participant must recognise 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 organiser has purchased Public Liability Insurance and Personal Accident Insurance coverage (hospitalisation) for this event, it is strongly recommended that the runners obtained an adequate Personal Accident Insurance coverage for himself;

  3. If necessary, and in the interests of the person being rescued, at the exclusive discretion of the organisers, 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;

  4. Depending on the runner's health condition, an emergency evacuation may be required. This emergency evacuation will be at the expenses of the person being rescued;

  5. The official race medical assistants are authorised 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;

  6. If a runner drops out from the race, the runner must first inform and register with the race headquarters on the mobile number provided on the race bib. Proper "DNF" procedure should be followed and completed before the runner is allowed to leave the event:

  7. 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;

  8. The race organisers 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.


Suggestions must be in writing and must be presented after the closing ceremony of the event at the finishing point or sent to


  1. The organisers 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 organisers reserve the rights to make changes to or eliminate certain stretches of the route.

Entry List


registration fee