Jul 6, 2018

XTERRA Malaysia Special Edition 2018 holds Duathlon and Trail Running at Desaru Coast


 XTERRA Malaysia Special Edition 2018, the world’s premier series of off-road extreme multisport competitions will be holding the world’s first duathlon in Malaysia with Desaru Coast hosting this Special Edition.


The Special Edition will consist of two categories, a duathlon, and trail running. For the first time in the world, this one-of-a-kind competition organized by Tough Gorilla, will make its debut in Malaysia....




XTERRA Malaysia Special Edition 2018 provides extreme sports athletes from across the region and Malaysia, a chance to compete in the stunning scenic landscape of Desaru Coast. The event will also carry out workshops by professional athletes and certified coaches. For athletes traveling with their families, the Special Edition offers a shorter 5km route for a lighter challenge off-road.


Winners will stand a chance to compete in the World Championship held in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii and a prize money offering worth RM 30,000.


The three-day event will happen from the 28th to 30th of September. There will also be workshops conducted by XTERRA Pro Athletes, Ben Ellen and Jacqui Slack to prepare contestants for the exhilarating and challenging courses available such as:

1.    Run Bike Run Duathlon (5km Run – 30km Bike – 5km Run)
2.    Trail Run (21 km, 11km and 5km)

3.    Family Fun Beach Run (Below 5km)

“We are very excited to be the venue host of XTERRA Malaysia Special Edition 2018. The natural landscape in Desaru Coast makes it a fitting venue for the world’s first duathlon and we look forward to welcome all extreme sportsmen and women in Malaysia and from all over the world." said Philip Whittaker, Chief Executive Officer – Integrated Theme Parks & Attractions (“ITPA”) and Chief Commercial Officer of Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn Bhd.

The majority of athletes’ will range between 25 to 45 years of age. This event will give the locals an international sporting experience as there will be participants from the Asia Pacific and other regions.



“We sincerely hope that visitors and participants will receive an unforgettable experience through the unique ambiance and race routes. Malaysia has continuously proven itself to be a suitable destination for internationally renowned sporting events such as Ironman and Oceanman, attracting thousands of athletes and participants from all over the world. These extreme multisport competitions cultivate strong sporting sentiments for the country over the years, we are honoured to be part of it once again, at Johor’s upcoming hidden gem, Desaru Coast,” said Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, Director General Tourism Malaysia. 

In addition, international sporting events such as XTERRA will play an important role in helping boost the local economy through tourism from participants and spectators. This will promote Johor not just as a mere transit point for travellers but as an international tourist hub; eventually making the tourism sector a key contributor in the state’s economic development.



XTERRA Malaysia Special Edition 2018 is supported by The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Malaysia Major Events, Johor Tourism, Johor Sports Council and Desaru Coast as the venue sponsor. Located in the southern region of Peninsular Malaysia, Desaru Coast is a multi-phase development that includes one of the world’s largest waterparks – the Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark, two championship golf courses, world-renowned hotels and resorts, a retail village and a Conference Centre. Desaru Coast hosts three international hotel brands under its wing, the Westin Desaru Coast Resort, Anantara Desaru Coast Resort and Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast. Far from the saturated property and investment environments, the location is perfectly situated in the southern gateway to Malaysia which can be easily accessible by land, ferry and air for both domestic and international travelers.

“We are honoured to organise such an event and would like to thank all our partners for having the confidence and trust in us with an event in such a scale. Execution and planning for events like this requires experience, hard work, dedication and to be able to cater to everyone’s needs. It is of utmost importance that we ensure that the event is carried out seamlessly and efficiently with success,” said Azura Zainol Abidin, Managing Director, Tough Gorilla.

I personally am excited about the 5km trail run.. so what about you... hope to see you there.. 

For more information on the event, please visit XTERRA Malaysia Special Edition 2018 or log on to Desaru Coast and Desaru Coast Malaysia Facebook to find out more about the destination and its unique offerings.




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