Sep 5, 2016

Running through the oldest Rainforest in the World...

My eldest daughter was over at the Merapoh Forest Run 2016/ MFR2016, which was successfully held at the Pahang National Park, Sg Relau in Merapoh, Kuala Lipis, Pahang over the weekend. She was there with about 700 other people that join the second instalment of this event that was organized by the Women’s Sports and Fitness Foundation Malaysia (WSFFM), which have definitely surpassed previous year MFR2015’s entries having obviously captured the hearts of participants from long distance professional runners, amateurs and nature lovers who just wanted to be there to enjoy the natural beauty of our rainforests…

The beautiful and vivacious President of WSFFM Col. Associate (PA) Puan Sri Toh Puan Datuk Shariffa Sabrina bt Syed Akil said that the 12km B17 Men and Women category which was introduced this year attracted over 200 participants in adolescents aged between 14 and 17 years…

This was indeed a good and healthy development and a way to educate people on how we can appreciate our natural treasures and the beauty of Pahang’s National Park, which is the oldest rainforest in the world (estimated to be over 132 million years to date) which many of us just take for granted.

The 12km B17 was an addition to the 25km and 15km Men and Women category which were more challenging options for more experience or older participants… though heaven knows I do not have that kind of stamina… LOL…

The run was flagged off at about 8.25am after some warm up aerobics . The Padang Tengku State Assemblyman, YB Dato Mustapa bin Long; Lipis MP, YB Dato Haji Abdul Rahman bin Mohamad  and General Manager of Tourism Dato’ Ishak bin Mokhtar were also present at the flag off with Puan Sri Sabrina..

Just like last year, the MFR2016 route was definitely challenging and difficult with an undulating trail  of steep hills about 30 meters above the sea level.  Sg Relau is the second entrance to the Pahang National Park and Gunung Tahan, Pahang.

My daughter clearly plenty of stamina, considering her youth and she manage to successfully finish her 12 km run in 2 hours 20 minutes…

Merapoh which is about 244km away from Kuala Lumpur ( has more than 500 limestone caves that are unique and perfect for eco-tourism and definitely the destination of choice for those who are extreme sports enthusiasts, climbers and cave explorers.

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This one almost look as amazing as Pamukkale right....   picture credit to ireport.cnn /helmi yousif

Merapoh Caves - Malaysia
picture credit to ireport.cnn /helmi yousif

This event was attended by national professional marathon runners, amateur runners, students from higher education institutions, school going students, government sectors, corporate sectors and individuals….

This event was in partnership with Tourism Pahang, PERHILITAN, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia Pahang, Tourism Malaysia Pahang and Pertubuhan Perlindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia (PEKA Malaysia) and supported by the Committee of Tourism and Culture Pahang, Lipis District and Land as well as the Malaysia Tourism Council (MTC)
The event was also sponsored by Revive Isotonic drinks, Tanah Aina Resort and Mutiara Taman Negara Pahang with other support from corporate companies MNM, Richnetworks and individuals…..

It was certainly a challenging but fun event, and my daughter clearly had a great time as she could not stop gushing over it from the time she got home….


  1. Miera,

    Congratulations. I was kinda hoping that you would show videos of your daughter doing the run, which means you would have to be running with her. Kidding aside, did you?

    You also posted some really stunning photos of the rainforest. In particular, what is that one where it looks like a tunnel and towards the opening are the open space and trees?

    1. for this run, my daughter was the one who went there as I had another event on the same day and time...and I think the picture you are referring to is actually a picture taken inside one of the caves there...


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