With lush rainforest and heavenly waterfall, Rompin State Park pushes the limits of adventure racing
With lush rainforest and heavenly waterfall, Rompin State Park pushes the limits of adventure racing

With lush rainforest and heavenly waterfall, Rompin State Park pushes the limits of adventure racing

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Pahang’s Rompin State Park may be Malaysia’s world-class adventure racing venue.

Tourism Malaysia’s senior director of strategic planning, Syed Yahya Syed Othman, said the 31,797 hectares of rainforest offers an authentic wilderness experience and a race on unique terrain.

Highlights include the majestic Seri Mahkota, a 50-meter-high waterfall with a cave in the middle.

The rock formation dates back some 248 million years, while its pristine rainforests span many forest types.

Seri Mahkota Waterfall is a breathtaking scene. (Image: Fernando Fong)

The appeal of Rompin State Park is that it’s perfect for short, fast and fun adventure runs suitable for anyone with a keen sense of the outdoors. It will be a celebration of all that is good about exploration, achievement, teamwork and connecting people around the world.

Tourism Malaysia Syed Yahya Syed Othman to TRP in Rompin State Park as a world-class destination for trendy outdoor activities.

He added that the Ministry of Tourism will ensure that Rompin State Park is developed according to the best eco-tourism practices.

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This would encourage a positive experience for visitors while minimizing the environmental impact of tourism.

Sunrise at Taman Rompin State Park. (Image: Fernando Fong)

Rompin State Park is the second largest park in Pahang after Taman Negara.

It is blessed with a great diversity of flora and fauna including 253 species of birds along with 83 species of mammals and bats, snakes, lizards and turtles.

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Visitors to Rompin State Park can also stay in natural harmony with mother nature.

Accommodation ranges from campsites and hostels for independent-minded travelers to bespoke rainforest retreats that offer the highest standards of luxury and well-being to guests, all in a serene and refreshing ambience.

Visitors to Rompin State Park can be assured of a superb stay. (Image: Fernando Fong)

Syed Yahya was speaking at the AR Rompin Asia Series adventure race at Rompin State Park on Saturday (August 20).

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It was co-organized by the Rompin State Park operator and ARWS Asia, in collaboration with the Pahang Forestry Department.

Tourism Malaysia, an agency under the Ministry of Tourism, supports the event through grants.

Adventure at its best

The inaugural adventure race was a hive of activity with over 250 competitors from Malaysia and Singapore.

The event is part of the ARWS Asia Circuit, a collection of the best middle distance adventure races in the Asian region.

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An adventure race is a competition in which teams compete in a long-distance race involving two or more sports disciplines.

In the AR Rompin Asia Series adventure race, professional racers raced for championship glory over the 80km course, navigating with only a map and compass.

The racers waiting for their teammates during the AR Rompin Asia Series adventure race. (Image: Fernando Fong)

There were also plenty of challenges for both beginners and experienced runners who took part in the fun run category.

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Race director James Chee said the 80km route included mountain biking, trail running, tubing, abseiling and zip lines.

The course started with a 2.5km run, followed by 2.5km of tubing, 6km of trail running and followed by 55km of mountain biking.

Competitors then abseiled 40 meters, followed by 55 meters of Tyrolean traverse, before culminating with a further 60 meters abseiling to the bottom of Seri Mahkota Falls.

A competitor abseiling down the Seri Mahkota waterfall. (Image: Adventures in Dark Leaves)

Adventure racing is a multi-disciplinary team sport that uses a map and compass to navigate the course through checkpoints. Competitors must stick together as adventure racing is a team event, not a relay race.

Race director James Chee at TRP on adventure racing.

He said anyone with a basic fitness level can come in and have fun.

Adventure racing makes people realize that they can do complex things beyond the limit of their usual comfort zone.

Chee added that adventure racing makes people more tactically intelligent, resilient and self-reliant.

A woman helping her teammate run during the Rompin State Park Adventure Race. (Image: Fernando Fong)

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