Borneo Ultra Trail Marathon (BUTM) 2018

Pekan Kiulu
Jalan pekan kiulu, 89250 Tamparuli, Sabah, Malaysia
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The Borneo Ultra-Trail® Marathon 2018 is an extreme, outdoor ultra trail marathon that will take runners through a combination of natural jungle settings and cultural landscapes via trails, dirt tracks and back-roads in the Kiulu Valley North of Kota Kinabalu. There will be sweeping views over the surrounding ridges and valleys as well as to the majestic Mount Kinabalu to the north-east of the area. 

Routes for 2018

The 2018 routes are still being reviewed, but are at this stage similar to the 2017 routes with the start/finish location at Pekan Kiulu. Updates, if any, to the 2018 routes and more detailed route descriptions will be provided to all competitors prior to the race.

For maps and profiles for the tentative routes, please refer to COURSE MAPS & PROFILES.

The 2018 routes have been ITRA rated for 5 points for the 100k, 3 points for the 50k and 2 points for the 30k routes and a mountain rating of 5 for all three courses. The three ITRA rated courses are also qualifying courses for the Ultra-Trail® du Mont Blanc (UTMB) and other courses using the ITRA course certification for qualifying. You will note that the accumulated elevation gains in the ITRA ratings are lower than in the course details provided under the  COURSE MAPS & PROFILES. This is due to a filtering process performed by ITRA where they filter out smaller undulations which could be caused by inaccuracies in the measurements. We have kept them in for the course details as we know that many parts of the flatter looking sections have these small ups and downs which are very real and can be felt when you are out on the course.

NOTE The distances and elevation gains/losses provided are measured with a Garmin GPS62S. You may find that you get different data if you are carrying a gps or other device to measure distances and elevations during the race. You will most likely record longer distances. This is due to a combination of inaccuracies in the GPS recording through for instance loss of signal under forest canopies, additional distance travelled around aid stations etc. Wrist-type gps devices may not have as good reception and be as reliable as the larger GPS units. 

Cutoff times for BUTM 2018:

Cutoff times are introduced at selected aid stations to facilitate the safe management of competitors during the race. Please refer to COURSE MAPS & PROFILES for the details for each course, including cutoff times. Please note that for intermediate stations, the competitor must leave the station before the cutoff time to remain in the race. The final cutoff times expressed in hours from race start at the finish line are: 

12k :  6 hours from race start.
30k:  12 hours from race start.  
50k:   17 hours from race start.
100k:  33 hours from race start. 

Race Schedule

An outline schedule for 10th and 11th March (race weekend) is provided below.

Please note that unlike previous years, the 12 km race for 2018 will take place on the Sunday.  This gives the opportunity for 30k and 50k runners to also join the 12k race on the Sunday at a special discounted "add on" rate.

Date / Time


Saturday 10th March


Buses Depart from KK for 100k, 50k and 30k categories

5:00 – 5:45

Registration at hall. You must register and be scanned before start to officially participate


Start 50k


Start 100k


Flag-off 30k


Estimated first arrival, 30k


Estimated first arrival, 50k


Estimated first arrival, 100k


Cut-off time for 50k competitors


Last bus departure to KK – there will be no return buses between midnight and 7 am Sunday for safety reason.

Sunday 11th March


Buses for 12k Depart from KK

6:00 - 6:45

Registration at hall 12k. You must register and be scanned before start to officially participate


Flag-off 12k


Resumption of bus transfer back to KK


Estimated first arrival, 12k


Cut-off time 12k


Cut-off time 100k


Last bus transfer to Kota Kinabalu

Entry Fees & Conditions

Standard Entries will close on 10th January, 2018.
The entry fees for the 2018 Borneo Ultra-Trail® Marathon (BUTM) have been slightly increased to account for GST and increasing costs. Entry fees INCLUSIVE of GST for 2018 are:

100 km category:    RM 500         10-11 March, 2018

50 km category:      RM 350         10th March, 2018

30 km category:      RM 200         10th March, 2018

12 km category:      RM 150         11th March, 2018

12 km add-on:        RM 100         11th March, 2018.            

The special add-on rate for the 12k race is for participants in the 30k, 50k or 100k on the Saturday who also want to take part in the 12k "sprint" on Sunday. To get this, you will need to make two separate registrations in Racematix: The first for the 30k, 50k or 100k of your choice, and the second for the 12k race where you apply the coupon code:  #BUTM12KAD2018    Please note that the coupon code will only work if you have registered and paid for the first race. This can be added at any time after your first registration within the registration period.

An optional bus transfer service from Kota Kinabalu to the start line and from the finish line to Kota Kinabalu is available. The fee for the optional transport is RM 50 each way. The pickup and dropoff location in Kota Kinabalu has to be selected when ordering the service on Racematix. There is a choice between 3 locations available. Please note that the day of the bus transfer from KK to the start will follow the category, i.e. for the 30k, 50k and 100k the outgoing bus is on 10th March, while for the 12k category it is on 11th March. For people who take part in two races (i.e. purchase the add-on 12k race), it is, unless otherwise specified to [email protected], assumed that the bus out will be for the Saturday, while the return journey will be for Sunday.

Registration and payment is via Racematix. You will be transferred to the Racematix registration page when proceeding to entry at the bottom of this page. If you already have a profile with Racematix, you can log in to your profile to enter. If you do not have a profile on Racematix, you will need to first establish your profile with relevant details - it is a simple procedure that takes a few minutes. You can then select the race category and any add-ons (in this case the optional bus transfers) before proceeding to payment.

Payment options on Racematix include Local bank transfers, Paypal and credit card. Please note that there are admin fees associated with Paypal and Credit Card. If you pay with Paypal or Credit Card, your confirmation will be immediate upon payment. If you pay via bank transfer, you will need to return to the Racematix registration page to upload a copy of the payment confirmation. This will then be verified and your registration confirmed within a 7 day period.

If you should have any questions or problems with the registration and payment, please email to [email protected] or contact +60 10 933 4800


Prizes will include merchandize from sponsors and own products.

The entry fee includes the following entitlements:

  • Borneo Ultra Trail Marathon Event tee
  • Race bib
  • Timing chip and timing during event
  • Water and aid at all water stations
  • Fruits, meals, snacks at selected aid stations on the course
  • A meal at the finish line for all categories and at the halfway station for the 100k
  • Medical support during the event
  • Logistical support for transfers of DNF during race

Finishers of the race (having completed the full course within the set time limits) further receive:

  • Finisher's medal.
  • All finishers will be able to download their official e-cert stating their official time and standing in the event.
  • 100 km, 50 km and 30 km categories will receive a finisher's tee
  • ITRA points and UTMB qualification points will be awarded to competitors who complete the 30k, 50k or 100k courses within the stipulated cutoff times.  

Sizing tables for event and finisher shirts are included below


Race Pack Collection

Race Pack collection will be held in the Borneo Ultra Trails office in Metro Town (see office location on map below). Please refer to schedule below for tentative timing. Please note that this is subject to potential change, so please stay updated in the weeks leading up to the race.

Saturday, 3rd March
10am - 4pm


Borneo Ultra Trails office :
2nd Floor, Unit 1, Block F,
Metro Town, Jalan Bunga Ulam Raja

Coordinates :
5°58'34.93"N 116° 6'43.60"E

Sunday, 4th March
10am - 6pm
Wednesday & Thursday, 7-8th March          
11am - 6pm
Friday, 9th March
11am - 9pm
Out of state competitors arriving 9th March only      


The race pack collection on Friday, 9th of March 2018 is reserved for out-of-state arrivals only. This is to avoid congestion and facilitate a smooth processing. We have added the weekend before the race for the convenience of local participants who cannot make it on weekdays. The race pack collection on Friday 9 th for out-of-state competitors will be open till 9 pm. We strongly urge all competitors to arrive early to avoid congestion in the late hours.

For any out-of-state competitors arriving late and unable to make the registration, please contact us at [email protected] +60 10 933 4800 for arrangements. Please note:

  • All participants must register in person and bring identification for verification
  • Please bring copy of MYKAD or passport
  • An indemnity release form must be signed - please download from the dropbox prior to the event and fill it out.
  • Please bring compulsory equipment for inspection (not required for 12k competitors)


All registrations are via Racematix. Each runner who does not already have a profile on Racematix must establish a race profile. This is free and easy. Accurate personal details per passport/IC must be entered to avoid any confusion during registration and race pack collection.

There are two payment options provided on Racematix: 1) Via direct transfer to the BUT bank account (details provided below). 2) Payment via Paypal / Credit Card, which incurs bank charges.

Event Organizer's Bank Details

Borneo Ultra Trails Sdn. Bhd.
Bank Name : Maybank
Account number : 510013-612519

Age requirements for BUTM 2018:

A) 12k :  12 years or older on race day with parental consent if below 18, and accompanying adult if below 16.
B)  30k:  16 years or older on race day with parental consent if below 18 years of age.  
C)  50k:   21 years or older on race day.
D) 100k:  21 years or older on race day. 

Competitor Responsibilities and Requirements

Runners are required to be self sufficient on the race course with water stations (WS) set up to cater for re-filling of hydration packs or water bottles at intervals of about 10km along the marked race course. Participants must carry a set of mandatory safety kit according to their category as stated in the mandatory kit list. Runners are expected to be physically conditioned for their category and distance they will be participating in.

Runners upon registering for the event agree to:

  • Adhere to the event rules and regulations at all times during participation
  • Adhere to the mandatory kit and the rules pertaining to the use of the items
  • Accept the risks associated with ultra trail running and the outdoors
  • To compete in a fair and sensible manner without resorting to any form of cheating or going against the spirit of the race
  • To compete and complete the event drug free (i.e. without resorting to illegal medicines or substances)
  • Adhere to the environmental policy of no littering on the race course - all litter must be appropriately disposed off at the aid stations.

All runners must adhere to the set rules and regulations, as well as the medical requirements stated on the registration form that they do not suffer from any of the stated medical conditions in order to participate in this event.

Runners suffering the following medical conditions ARE NOT ALLOWED to participate in this event:
1) Congenital or rheumatic heart conditions
2) Hypertension (not allowed to compete in the 50k and 100k category.)
3) Myocarditis and other heart conditions
4) Coronary heart disease, coronary arterial disease
5) Serious arrhythmia
6) Diabetes
7) Any other disease which can be aggravated by running
8) Allergic reaction to bee stings


Mandatory Kit List

Please note the mandatory kit list may be updated between now and at least 30 days before the event date. Do check updates relating to the event to stay informed at all times. The mandatory equipment list is included under Rules & Regulations, and available for downloading at the link below.

>Download the full list here.

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Terms and Conditions

Transfers, Cancellation & Refunds

  • Payments are non-refundable.
  • No refunds are offered for cancellations or postponements of the event due to factor's outside and beyond the control of the organisers. 
  • Runners may request a bib swap or transfer before 1 February 2018 with an admin fee charge of RM30 per request. 
  • Event shirt sizes may not be changed once a runner requests a bib swap/transfer with less than 60 days to go before the event date.

Please take a moment to read the Terms and Conditions of the event by Borneo Ultra Trails Sdn Bhd before agreeing to proceed with the registration process. 


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