A truly Malaysian cultural journey through a tropical, hilly and demanding terrain…read complete account here before setting out for this adventure in Langkawi, Malaysia.
It is a sporty and adventurous year for Malaysia. The country hosted the Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya version in April this year and will be holding the Ironman Malaysia in Langkawi on September 27, 2014. The event is presented by a collaboration of World Triathlon Council. Ironman Malaysia is one of 32 qualifying races on the global Ironman circuit that culminates with the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii each October. Professional athletes will be competing for a total prize of US$40,000 (RM127, 000) for Ironman Malaysia.
“Ironman Malaysia is a great platform for athletes to showcase their talent and energy. Malaysia, especially Langkawi, being an ideal location for adventure sports as well as scenic beauty is an idyllic venue for Ironman Malaysia,” says, Mr. Manoharan Periasamy, Director, Tourism Malaysia, India.
The name “Ironman Triathlon” is also associated with the original Ironman triathlon which is now the Ironman World Championship. Held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, the world championship has been held annually in Hawaii since 1978 and is preceded by a series of qualifying Ironman events. Ironman World Championships has become known for its gruelling length, harsh race conditions, and Emmy Award winning television coverage.
The Ironman Langkawi Malaysia is an annual triathlon and one of the Worlds’ most recognized endurance events. It is a gruelling race that starts out with a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bicycle ride and a 26.2-mile marathon run. The Langkawi leg of the event starts out at Eagle Square (Dataran Lang) with a two-loop swim in Kuah Bay. Once out of the water, participants run up a short jetty to grab bikes and head to the other side of the island before heading back. Lastly, it is a four-loop run that ends back at the Eagle Square.
While the triathlon surely attracts athletes and spectators from around the world, Langkawi, also known as the ‘Jewel of Kedah’is an archipelago of about hundred islands in the Andaman Sea which offers a perfect family holiday spot with its beautiful beaches, world class infrastructure, mangroves rich in flora and fauna, and ultra-cheap duty free shopping.
Hence for sports and adventure enthusiasts, this year, Malaysia is the place to be!
About Tourism Malaysia India
Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, popularly known as Tourism Malaysia, was established to promote Malaysia as a top-of-mind tourist destination showcasing Malaysia’s unique wonders, attractions and cultures; develop domestic tourism and enhance Malaysia’s share of the market for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE). Tourism Malaysia’s objective is to promote Malaysia as an outstanding tourist destination and make the tourism industry a major contributor to the socio-economic development of the nation. In India, Tourism Malaysia offices are conveniently located in cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai.
In 2014, Malaysia celebrates its fourth VISIT MALAYSIA YEAR (VMY) with the theme “Celebrating 1Malaysia Truly Asia”. The VMY 2014 promotional campaign has started this year with a series of year-long special events and activities leading to VMY 2014. It will contribute to the Government’s target to receive 36 million tourist arrivals and RM168 billion in receipts by 2020, as outlined in the Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan (MTTP) 2020.