Borneo Wildlife Marathon Tour

Location

Borneo is the largest island in Asia, located between Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines in the Pacific. The island is generally warm, humid, and rainy year round. It is known for the beautiful beaches, rainforests, and diverse wildlife. 

The Marathon 

The 2020 Borneo Marathon will be held June 21st. There is a 10km, 21km, and 42km run. 

The first marathon was held in 1984 in Sabah. The next marathon was 23 years later in 2007 and was named the Borneo International Marathon. 529 runners participated in the marathon. It has since grown each year and hit 10,000 runners from over 50 countries in 2016. Today, it is a community run event with over 1,000 volunteers. They have also partnered with UNICEF Malaysia, promoting campaigns such as #ThisAbility and ‘Say No To Bullying, Yes to Kindness”, which advocated for the inclusivity of disabled children and encouraged people to stand up to bullies. Since 2008, the Borneo International Marathon has benefited 25 charitable organizations, listed below. 

  • Tambunan Children's Home

  • Emmanuel Homes, Kudat

  • Humana Child Aid Society

  • Food for the Hungry International Malaysia

  • MERCY Malaysia - Sabah Chapter

  • Semporna Island Projects

  • Health In Harmony

  • HUTAN

  • Japan Tsunami Victim

  • Air Asia Team (for 2 families)

  • Rumah Bakti Harapan

  • Befrienders Sabah

  • Seri Mengasih Centre

  • PEMADAM Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu

  • Special Olympics Sabah

  • Kinabalu Pink Ribbon

  • Palliative Care Association of Kota Kinabalu

  • Sabah Cheshire Home and Services

  • Sabah Thalassaemia Society

  • St. Francis Convent Secondary School New Building

  • Hemophilia Society of Malaysia

  • Persatuan Sukan & Rekreasi orang Kurang Upaya Negeri Sabah

  • Asrama Harapan Baru

  • Sabah Athletics Association

  • Interior English Learning Center

10 Things to Do in Borneo 

1. Scale Mount Kinabalu. Mount Kinabalu is the highest point between New Guinea and the Himalayas at 4,095 meters (13,435 feet) high. Hikers should prepare for a two-day journey to the summit and stay overnight in a mountainside hostel.Only a limited number of people  can hike each day and spots usually fill up months in advance. Many hikers start early to watch the sunrise from the top and see the amazing view. 

2. Go diving or snorkeling off of Sipadan island, rated as one of the best dive locations in the world. 

3. Relax at Poring Hot Springs. 

4. Walk the tree canopies for good views of the forest at Kinabulu Park. 

5. Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, a rehabilitations center for orphaned orangutans where you can see them up close. 

6. Visit the Floating Mosque in Kota Kinabalu. 

7.  See elephants, bears, monkeys, orangutans and gibbons at  Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

8.  The Pulau Tiga beaches, known as the location of the TV show Survivor. The island is clean, secluded, and has beautiful beaches. 

9.  Enjoy the orange sand, palm filled beach, Tanjung Aru. 

10. See the aqua blue waters from the hikes of Bohey Dulang, Sabah.

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5 Reasons To Go Traveling

5 Reasons To Go Traveling

  1. Meet New People: Traveling- especially alone- gives you the excuse to go outside your comfort zone and talk to strangers. Although this may be scary at first by doing so you will have the chance to meet people you would never otherwise meet. Who knows? You may find something in common and become lifelong friends!
  2. See the Wildlife: The most incredible part about traveling is being able to explore exotic locations. Make sure to take a day to explore your surroundings- go hiking, visit a wildlife park or go on a safari. You'll have the chance to see some gorgeous wildlife and creatures.
  3. Explore the Local Culture: Probably the most life changing aspect of traveling is being able to experience the local culture. Not only are you able to see meet the locals but you have the opportunity to find some hidden travel gems along the way. 
  4. Try New Foods: Arguably the best part of traveling is being able to experience the local cuisine. Although it could be a hit or a miss it allows you to get outside of your comfort zone and try something new. Even picky eaters should venture out and try something new- who know's- it may become your new favorite food!
  5. Relax and Reflect: The most important part of traveling is the chance to unplug, relax and reflect on yourself and your surroundings. Through the process of experiencing all the new food, places and people that go along with traveling you gain a new perspective of the world around you. Make sure to reflect on these perspectives and take back this new global mindset when you go back home.