RACE CONCEPT

EVENT: MALAYSIA ECO 100 (archived)

14 – 15 May 2016
Bukit Mertajam, Penang, Malaysia

Malaysia ECO 100 is the 1st ever ultra trail event in West Malaysia with 50km and 100km category. The race to be held at Bukit Mertajam (Penang, Malaysia) will start from the eco village of Sungai Lembu, taking runners through oil palm plantations, rubber plantations, pineapple plantations, several Malay kampungs Chinese new villages, and Indian temples, paddy fields and of course the challenging hills of Tokun. This is a race which will showcase the typical Malaysian geographical, social and cultural heritage where the runners will meet and see ordinary Malaysian people and wild lives, flora and fauna in the rural settings with a distinct small town feel. During the race, the runners will be sampling the local cuisines in the food and drinks provided at the aid stations along the course of the race. This is designed to be an international race, with the objectives of attracting foreign and out of state runners to visit Bukit Mertajam.

COURSE INFO: 50KM

Actual Distance: 54.65km
Elevation Gain: 3034m
Elevation Loss: 3034m
Cut Off Times: 18 hours
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COURSE MAP: 50KM

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ELEVATION PROFILE: 50KM

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COURSE INFO: 100KM

Actual Distance: 103.2km
Elevation Gain: 3507m
Elevation Loss: 3513m
Cut Off Times: 28 hours
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COURSE MAP: 100KM

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ELEVATION PROFILE: 100KM

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COURSE INFO: 100 MILES

Actual Distance: 165.2km
Elevation Gain: 4033m
Elevation Loss: 4051m
Cut Off Times: 40 hours
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COURSE MAP: 100 MILES

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ELEVATION PROFILE: 100 MILES

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TRAVEL & ACCOMODATION

GETTING IN: Transport arrangement between Bukit Mertajam / Penang Island and Starting / Finishing point will be provided. For further details, please check the following shuttle van schedule: 

2016 Eco100-Shuttle Bus Schedule-260416

Important Note:

  1. Shuttle bus from / to Penang to / from Starting Point at Sungai Lembu or Tokun Hill Car Park will be at RM 10 / trip per person;
  2. Please reply by email if you plan to take shuttle bus from Penang (Bayan Baru Queensbay Mall) to Sg. Lembu or Tokun Hill Car Park. Please indicate your race category. Those who have informed us will have priority over those who haven’t informed us. Our experience last year shows that very few people take these buses, and we have therefore arranged only one trip for each category;
  3. If your replies indicate that we need to put in more shuttle buses, we will. Please let us know.

ACCOMODATION

For those in the know, Suling Hill is probably one of the most, if not the most, attractive accommodation option you can find in the region. If you are into-the-nature guy, and are totally at home with sharing bunk rooms where electric fan, straw mat and a pillow are provided, you’ll love this. Suling Hill Resort is a private property and the owner Mr. Ong Jin Cai (王进财) does not charge for the meals provided. The diners donate voluntarily the amount they like. Suling Hill will be the Check Point 1 in Eco 100. The owner, Mr. Ong, has the following offer for Eco 100 participants, and see clearly: RM 30 per head per day including accommodation and 3 meals a day; There are about 50 vacancies available for interested participants. You can visit the official facebook page or website for better idea of the place. For more details and reservation, please contact Mr. Ong at 019-5667 477. Other options are Summit Hotel, My Hotel and Sri Indar Hotel.

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EVENT: MALAYSIA ECO 100 (archived)

RULES & REGULATIONS

Note:  There is no mandatory items requirement for Eco 13km.
Rules & regulations below are applicable to Eco 50k, Eco 100k and Eco 100 miles.
SEMI-SELF- SUFFICIENCY

  1. Runners must complete the set course on foot by their own power and ability within the stipulated time;
  2. Trekking poles is allowed for runners of all categories except Eco 13km;
  3. Drinking cups will not be provided at any of the water station points, except for Eco 13km;
  4. 50k, 100k, and 100 miles runners must have their own cup or other personal container suitable for the purpose;
  5. No pacers are allowed to run along with the runners for all categories;
  6. Personal assistance (support crew) along the running route and at the water stations is Not Allowed in all categories.

RUNNERS RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Runners must understand the unique nature and requirements of competing in an ultra-long distance road running race. He/she will be running all day and night on the road and trails. He/she must have undertaken the necessary training to compete in such an event.
  2. Runners will be responsible for his/her own safety by having the ability and skills to deal with problems that may be encountered during the race of this nature.
  3. Runners must be able to undertake or deal with on his/her own without any other external assistance during the deteriorating weather conditions (e.g. raining, strong winds, hot sun and etc..) and other unforeseen circumstances arises while running on the road and/or trails.
  4. Runners who accept any assistance and support from any person may be disqualified.
  5. In the event of a runner meeting another runner who is in health difficulty or injured, he/she must stop to help and inform the race organizer to seek for medical assistance. Failure to do so may result in penalties or disqualification being imposed to the runner or runners concerned.

MANDATORY ITEMS

By entering the race, each runner undertakes to take with him/her all the mandatory items as listed below throughout the race.

Failure to do so will result in application of the time penalties or disqualification.

Mandatory items (gear checks will be carried out on all runners before the race starts, and spot checks may be carried out along the route during the race, including the top 10 runners of every categories):

  1. For 100km and 100 miles, two working headlamps/torch lights with spare batteries. During the day, these torchlights may be stored at the dropbags. It is the runner’s responsibility to have the headlamps/torch lights during the night. So do plan the pickup of your headlamps accordingly;For 50km category, 1 working headlamp or 1 working torch light, and some spare batteries. It is the responsibility of the runners to make sure that their headlamps or torchlights are working during the night. Runners who are not wearing or using working headlamps/torchlight during the night will be disqualified.
  2. For 100km and 100 miles runner only- Reflective vest (note: reflective running tops/shirts are NOT reflective vest); 50km runners are not required to wear reflective vest;
  3. For 100km and 100 miles runners only – Bright back blinking accessories; (Note on 2) and 3) above:  During the day time, these may be stored at the dropbags, but it is runner’s responsibility to have the reflective vest or blinking accessories during the night.  So do plan the pickup of your reflective vest AND blinking accessories accordingly.)
  4. Water bottles or hydration bag with a minimum capacity of 500ml;
  5. Emergency blanket;
  6. Whistle;
  7. Mobile phone;
  8. Foldable cup or other container suitable for drinking at the water station points;

Recommended (not compulsory):

  1. Sport foods & Gels;
  2. Rucksack or waist bag;
  3. Elastic adhesive bandage that can be used as a dressing;
  4. Head gear or cap or bandana;
  5. Sun UV block;
  6. Change of clothes and running shoes;
  7. Waterproof jacket;
  8. Cash;
  9. Route Map and Elevation Map.

BIBS 

Each bib is given individually to each runner in the Race Pack, upon presentation of suitable identity document;

  1. Each runner will be given one bib number: this must be worn and clearly visible on the chest or stomach or on the back of the backpack carried by the runners;
  2. The bib number is required for access to the water station areas, physio treatment, rest rooms, and drop bags, etc;
  3. To encourage more participation, Bib is transferable 4 weeks before the race date.  Thereafter, no race bib is transferable;
  4. No fee is refundable after the registration is completed, even in the event when the race may be canceled or postponed;

RACE COURSE MARKERS

  1. The race course will be marked with reflective tapes and signs for every 1km of the course and at major junctions;
  2. Runners must follow the directions given by the race organizer during the race briefing;

DROP BAGS   (FOR 100KM and 100 miles RUNNERS)

  1. There is no drop bag for 50KM runners;
  2. 100km runner is only allowed 1 drop bag at CP5;
  3. 100 miles runners is allowed 2 drop bags, 1 at the Sg Lembu Primary School, and the other one at CP5 of the 100km route,
  4. 100km and 100 miles runner may choose not to deposit any drop bags. This is not a compulsory requirement;
  5. Drop bag must be clearly labeled with runner’s name and bib number;
  6. Drop bag size is not more than 2 ft x 2 ft or 5kg;
  7. Fragile or valuable items should not be placed in the drop bags;
  8. Bags with objects attached to the outside will not be transported.
  9. If a runner pulls out of the race, his/her bag will be transported to the race finishing point, where he/she may collect it upon presentation of his/her bib number. The runner shall understand that the timing of the return of his/her drop bag will be subject to the schedule of the race shuttle bus/trucks;
  10. The organizer may not be held liable for the loss or damage of any objects during transport of the drop bags;
  11. Drop bag must be given to race organizer at the start line 1 hour before the race starts. Please note the event schedule that will be posted at the Facebook Page and race website closer to the race date;

SAFETY AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

  1. In order to ensure race safety, race organizer will prepare and arrange for rescue and medical assistance during the race. However, each participant must recognize and understand that there are risks of injuries and/or accidents associated with trail running. Runners are participating in this race at his/her own risk;
  2. While the race organizer has purchased Public Liability Insurance and Personal Medical Insurance coverage (hospitalization) for this event, it is strongly recommended that the runners obtained an adequate Personal Medical Insurance coverage for himself;
  3. Medical points will be set up at certain water stations;
  4. If necessary, and in the interests of the person being rescued, at the exclusive discretion of the organizers, the official medical rescue services may be called upon to take over operations, using any means they consider appropriate, including an ambulance. Any costs deriving from such exceptional transport will be charged to the person who has been rescued;
  5. Depending on the runner health conditions, an emergency evacuation may be required. This emergency evacuation will be at the expenses of the person being rescued;
  6. The official race medical assistants are authorized to withdraw from the competition any runners that they consider as unfit to continue or are in danger. The runner bib will be removed as part of the DNF (Did Not Finish) procedures;
  7. If a runner drops out from the race, runner must first inform and register with the nearest checkpoints that he/she is dropping out.  Proper “DNF” procedure should be followed and completed before the runner is allowed to leave the event:
  8. In case of an emergency, if you are unable to reach the race headquarters, you can also call the public emergency number ‘999’ directly for help;

CHECKPOINTS OR WATER STATION POINTS

  1. The timing will be recorded at the checkpoints/water station points established by the organizers;
  2. Only runners sporting their regular bib number will have access to the water station;
  3. No water cups will be dispensed to the runners.  Runners will need to use their own cups or containers for any drinks served at the check points or water stations;
  4. The route map, which can also be downloaded online, will contain accurate indications of the water station points;
  5. The organisers reserve the rights to carry out mandatory item checks at any of the check points and other unspecified points along the route during the race;
  6. Food and drinks at the water station points are solely for runners and official support crews only.

MAXIMUM RACE TIME PERMITTED AND CUTOFF TIMES
The maximum time allotted for completion of the race are:

13km – 4 hours
50km – 18 hours
;
100km – 28 hours;
100 miles – 40 hours.

In the event of poor weather conditions and/or for safety reasons, the organisers reserve the rights to suspend the race or to make changes to the cut-off times;

DNF (Did not Finish) PROCEDURES

  1. Runners may DNF voluntarily or by missing the stipulated cut-off times at various checkpoints along the race course;
  2. Runner who decides to pull out voluntarily must proceed to the nearest checkpoint, inform and register with the race staffs by signing a DNF Form, and the bib will be specially marked to indicate the DNF status of the runners.
  3. Runners who fail to arrive at the checkpoints within the stipulated cut-off times will not be allowed to continue running in the race.  His/her bib will be specially marked, and a DNF Form will need to be signed;
  4. Runner who fails to notify the organisers immediately of his/her voluntary DNF, thereby setting in motion a search and rescue operations by the rescue staff, will be liable to pay for any costs deriving there-from;
  5. Runner who has DNFed from the race are not allowed to continue his/her run.  IF he/she insists on continuing running, he/she is NO LONGER in this event, and will be running entirely on his/her own accord and at his/her own risk. The organizer reserves the right to ban this kind of runner from future edition of Malaysia Eco 100;
  6. The DNF runners should rest at a bright, safe place with sufficient phone coverage and wait for a non scheduled race shuttle for pick up and delivery to the finish point;
  7. If runner is unable to move on his/her own, either return to the nearest water station point he/she  has just left or to the next water station point. Please contact the emergency number ‘999’ or the race headquarters to seek for assistance.

PROHIBITED ACTIONS

  1. Not carrying the mandatory items during the race, including not wearing reflector vest or bright blinking accessories during the night;
  2. Taking shortcuts and/or running off the track;
  3. Throw any garbage along the running route.
  4. Cheating (e.g. using other means of transportation, using substitute runners and other unlawful actions);
  5. Not abiding by the rules and regulation given by the race organizer and official race staffs including medical assistants, emergency staffs and marshals;
  6. Not wearing the race bib at all times during the race;
  7. Continue to run after the cut off time without the agreement of race officials;
  8. Doping and the use of prohibited drugs;
  9. Running with his/her supporters

PENALTIES

Breaking of any rules may incur a time penalties or disqualification.  Any such penalties are at the organizer’s discretion and are final.

COMPLAINTS

Suggestions must be in writing and must be presented after the closing ceremony of the event at the finishing point or send to eco100@endurancenature.com.my

CHANGES TO THE ROUTE OR TO THE TIME DEADLINES – CANCELLATION OF THE RACE

  1. The organizers reserve the rights, at any time and without prior notice, to make changes to the route and checkpoints/water station points or to the time deadlines;
  2. In the event of adverse weather conditions (a strong depression with heavy rain), the start of the race may be postponed for 6 hours at most, after which time the race will be cancelled;
  3. Where necessary, the organizers reserve the rights to make changes to or eliminate certain stretches of the route.

RANKINGS AND PRIZES

  1. The race winner of each categories will be the runner that takes the shortest time (Gun time) to reach the finish point;
  2. Reaching the checkpoints/water station points along the route does not in itself entitle the runner to a place in the rankings and the corresponding points awarded for a qualifying race;
  3. To be awarded, runner must complete the overall race within the final cutoff time of the race; and fulfill the mandatory items requirement.
  4. No prize money will be given;
  5. Prizes will be awarded to the first TEN MEN finishers and first FIVE WOMEN finishers in both the 50km and 100km categories.)

IMAGE RIGHTS

Each participant expressly foregoes his/her image rights for the photos taken for the duration of the race, and undertakes not to take any action against the organizers and their authorized partners for the use of his/her image.

RACE PACK COLLECTION

Time:  11:00am – 6:00pm 
Date:  Thu 12th- Fri 13th May 2016 
Address:  31, Tkt 1, Jalan Betek Manis, Taman Betek Manis, 14000 Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang. For GPS Location: Click Here

RACE PACK COLLECTION

For runners who are not able to pick up the race packs during 12 – 13 May 2016: 

  1. 100 miles: You may collect them at the Tokun Hill car park (starting venue) from 2:00am to 3:00 am Sat 14th May 2016 before the 165km race start at 4:00am Sat 14th May 2016.
  2. 100 km:  You may collect them at Chinese Primary School Sungai Lembu (starting venue) from 1:00pm to 3:00 pm  Sat 14th May 2016 before the 100 km race start at4:00pm.  
  3. 50 km: You may collect them at Chinese Primary School Sungai Lembu (starting venue) from 1:00pm Sat 14th May to 1:00 am 15th May 2016 before the 50km race start at 2:00am Sun 15th May 2016
  4.  13 km: You may collect them at Chinese Primary School Sungai Lembu (starting venue) from 1:00pm Sat 14th May to 6:00 am Sun 15th May 201615 before the 13km race start at 7:00am Sun 15th May 2016.  

STARTING POINT

For 13km, 50km and 100km –  Chinese Primary School of Sungai Lembu, Jalan Pahlawan, off Jalan Sungai Lembu. GPS Coordinates: 5.390200, 100.522587. GPS Location. For 100 miles – Tokun Hill Car Park. GPS Location

FINISHING POINT

All categories will finish at Chinese Primary School of Sungai Lembu, Jalan Pahlawan, off Jalan Sungai Lembu. GPS Coordinates: 5.390200, 100.522587. GPS Location. There will be shower and changing facilities at both the starting and finishing points.

PARKING

  1. You may drive and park your cars at the starting point at Chinese Primary School Sungai Lembu.  There will be rela who will guide your parking and look after the parking areas.  Please bear in mind that we do not shoulder any responsibility with regards to the safety of your car and its contents.
  2. For the 100 milers who will start your race at Tokun Hill car park, if you choose to drive, you may park at the car park there.  We have shuttle bus that will take you from the finish point to Tokun Hill to pick up your car after the race.  
  3. However, we would recommend you to take our shuttle bus to the starting point at Tokun Hill, and also our shuttle to go back to your hotel in Bukit Mertajam or the Queensbay Mall in Penang.  You will have peace of mind during the 100 miles run, instead of worrying about your car.  
  4. For the 100 milers who wish to park at Sg Lembu  before the start of the race at Tokun Hill car park, please arrange your own transport to go to Tokun Hill car park to start your race.  There will be no shuttle arranged for this particular leg.