May 29, 2016

Bringing the Spirit of Adventure to Kedah

If you are a nature lover, a runner, a marathoner or just someone who loves a good challenge, you are so going love this!!! 

A breath-taking scenery along a journey filled with 160 types of herbs, 80 types of timber trees, 73 species of birds and 169 species of butterflies await adventure sports seekers at the upcoming BDB Langkawi Climb and Run 2016 occurring this June. Yeah, it is a challenging journey through an seemingly mythical forest, and believe me, it is truly gorgeous in there....

The BDB Langkawi Climb and Run, happening on 4th June 2016, will see participants climb up a 3.1km journey up the Tangga Helang Seribu Kenangan (Steps of Thousand Memories) to a maximum elevation of 781 meters high while being mesmerized by the lush greenery of the Hutan Lipur Sungai Sembilang located in Gunung Raya which is the highest point in Langkawi, Kedah. 

And again I will vouch that the view/ the scenery is soooo worth it, you can almost imagine a fairy or a unicorn popping out from somewhere (ok, I am being too fanciful) or well, enjoy the whooping sound of the hornbill wings or if you are lucky, actually see one.... 

I was there for the preview climb which I was the only one who went one third of the way up the hill (about 1600+ steps) due to my knee problem and not-so-fit physique (*hide my face/malu....)

The BDB Langkawi Climb and Run is definitely among the most unique physical fitness in Malaysia as participants will experience climbing up 4287 steps stair climb combined with a 15km downhill run towards the finishing line. 

It is organised by Minds@work with Bina Darulaman Berhad (BDB) as the title sponsor and Brooks as a main sponsor, with support from Kedah Tourism in conjunction with Discover Kedah 2016.

The BDB Langkawi Climb and Run is possibly one of the most unusual and challenging event in the world as climbing a route consisting of 4287 steps at an altitude is not an easy feat not to mention the additional downhill run after the climb. But the breath-taking view as well as the pristine flora and fauna available at Langkawi coupled with the uniqueness of the challenge will definitely be a motivational boost for the participants,” stated Dato’ Izham Bin Yusoff, BDB Group Managing Director.

 It is the first in a series of events under the BDB Triple Challenge 2016. The BDB Triple Challenge 2016 aims to attract running, climbing, and fitness enthusiasts both locally and internationally to experience the lush attractions Kedah has to offer while partaking in a world class event. 

In addition to the BDB Langkawi Climb and Run, the BDB Extreme Jitra and the BDB Marathon Jitra will see participants running, climbing, and going through obstacles in the heart of Kedah.

We are truly excited with the BDB Triple Challenge 2016 as we want to showcase the splendours of Kedah to both the local and international community with our world class event. Many might not know the gems hidden in Kedah and the BDB Triple Challenge 2016 will give visitors the perfect opportunity to discover and explore Kedah,” added Dato’ Izham.

The BDB Extreme Jitra 2016, occurring on 10 September 2016, will have participants go through a 7km obstacle challenge course that are both man-made and natural at Darul Aman Park in the serene town of Jitra while the inaugural BDB Marathon Jitra will complete the BDB Triple Challenge 2016 set to take place on 26 November 2016. 

The Marathon, divided into four categories, 42km, 21km, 10km, and 5km (If I join this... you definitely know I will only be joining the 5km one... don't you... LOL) , expects to attract more than 5000 runners, features a combination of flat road and rolling hills with runners experiencing scenery of paddy field and discovering the beautiful rural ambience of Jitra as well as other parts of Kedah.

Known as the “rice bowl of Malaysia”, Kedah Darul Aman offers a kaleidoscope of natural beauty ranging from amazing limestone mountains to luscious rainforest to serene paddy fields for tourists and visitors alike. And in line with the Discover Kedah 2016 campaign, a plethora of activities has been planned throughout the year in addition to the BDB Triple Challenge 2016. 

Several local fruits festivals, arts and cultural outreach programmes and festivals, motorsports events and traditional games festival are just amongst the activities that will surely attract visitors and tourists from both locally and internationally.

Kedah has a rich culture and a very prominent history as one of the oldest civilization in Southeast Asia. Combined with the challenges and thrills that we have concocted for the participants, the BDB Triple Challenge 2016 will not only benefit the communities in Jitra and Langkawi but the whole of Kedah in general as the BDB Triple Challenge 2016 will see a continuous flow of tourists and visitors to Kedah. They will experience the vibrant culture and attractive sceneries Kedah has to offer while engaging in healthy activities at the same time,” commented Kedah Aman Makmur CEO, Datuk Zulkifli Bin Mohamad.

The BDB Triple Challenge 2016 is expected to boost Kedah’s tourism, economic growth, and provide further opportunities for local businesses as well as the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Kedah. It is the first event organised by Minds@work, with Bina Darulaman as the title sponsor.

Bina Darulaman Berhad (BDB) is an investment holding company responsible for the development of township, construction, road works, quarry, golf, and leisure via its subsidiaries in Kedah. 

Incorporated on 7 February 1995, BDB has been a key player in Kedah’s development contributing to many landmark achievements such as Bandar Darulaman, Trans Eastern Kedah Interland Highway (TEKIH), Langkawi International Airport, and Darulaman Golf and Country Club.

Challenge your body and your mind now...  Check out the details at 
and for full list of activities for Discover Kedah 2016 is available at

1 comment:

  1. Nice pics taken. If only i am also a time maker for this ;) inspiring activities MN


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