TAMPARULI: Kiulu and Tamparuli will be known as an extreme sports tourism hub, said Sabah Tourism Board (STB) Chairman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai.
The Kiulu Assemblyman said organising the Ruhiang Kiulu Adventure Challenge 2017 (RUKIAC2017) is also part of that effort.
“Through RUKIAC2017 event, we can see an effort to make this area a location for adventure sports and extreme sports as a tourism product has led to fruition.
“The presence of local and foreign participants can also benefit the people especially traders around this area,” he said after flagging off the RUKIAC2017 run on Sunday.
Joniston said STB always helped the organisers to promote extreme sports events through their networks at home and abroad in an effort to have the participation of foreign participants.
Meanwhile, Casero Events Director Steve Johnny Mositun welcomed more support from the private sector to improve the organisation quality and quantity of participation of events.
“To make this event at an international level, we welcome the support of private companies and the government not only in terms of the provisions but also labour to assist the smooth running of the event.
“This year, we received support from various groups, including Tamparuli Sub-District Office, Department of Health, STB, Polis Di Raja Malaysia (PDRM), Ararat Sports & Souvenirs Sdn. Bhd. International Technology and Commercial Centre, Penampang, St John’s Ambulance and many more,” he explained.
The sixth edition of the event received nearly 700 entries, including from Australia, the Philippines, Singapore, France, Kenya and Indonesia.
Two events were contested, route 10 km and 23 km starting from the Tamparuli tamu, Bukit Ruhiang, Kamung Ruhiang, Ulu Bawang, Kg bawang, Kg Kewoi, Kg Lingga and Kg Togop.
Both events were divided into three categories namely Men’s Open (10km) won by Elvin Lazarus, Women’s Open- Marjilah Rebid, Men’s Veteran- Yusop Tungkob, Women Veteran- Chong Vun Lung.
For the 23km event, the Men’s Open was won by Wincentbert Latius; Women’s Open, Hyenie Roslin Danius; Men’s Veteran, Ruston Masri and Women Veteran, Kona Liau.
Source: Daily Express