Wednesday, September 3, 2014

G5N - THE ULTIMATE GUNUNG NUANG CHALLENGE




Date/Time
August 30, 2014 @ 0600hour  – September 1, 2014 @ 0600 hour

Venue
Gunung Nuang, Hulu Langat, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

It all started as a casual talk if we could put up in Nuang over a long weekend. While the guys take on the mountain, I will take my time enjoying the nature. Away from the hustle bustle of the cosmopolitan city of Kuala Lumpur and to regain my sanity.

Not too long later, I was told that I may get to realize my crave for the mountain but I definitely did not expect the guys to come up with such craziness, G5N - five loops up & down the mountain in 48 hours

The Rules Of The Game

Yes, you read it right. The R & R from one sadist Race Director that will make your spine chilled & cracked! Read them all here –





The Mountain & Elevation Gain


Yes, one has to repeat the same mountain over and over again for 5 times!

1st set - 1640m ( cut-off 6 hours )
2nd set - 3280m ( cut-off 8 hours / 14 hours )
3rd set - 4920m ( cut-off 10 hours / 24 hours )
4th set - 6560m ( cut-off 12 hours / 36 hours )
5th set - 8200m ( cut-off 12 hours / 48 hours )


The Format

And if this is not crazy enough, lets take a look at the format of the game.



The idea was borrowed and modified from Barkley Marathons. Each runner was assigned a random page number (before the start of each loop) to tear off from a book entitled HARD TIMES which was located at the peak. Runner must submit the assigned page upon checked in. Any submission of wrong or missing page number (for whatever reason) will be disqualified on the spot.


The Participants



19 applications received with 13 took on the challenge. Then 2 pulled out at the eleventh hours due to injury. Eventually 11 challengers (2 Singaporeans, 1 Japanese and 8 Malaysians) made it to the starting line.

The Reward

This ultra event gotta be the cheapest in the entire universe – RM9.99 (approximately USD$3.00).

Runners who completed the race within the qualifying time will be rewarded with 3 UTMB points!

The Conquerors Who Made It



36:17:40 - Ewegene Tan
36:41:44 - Henry Yang
39:27:36 - Mantaray
44:42:18 - Aun Utopia
45:59:41 - Naoya

With the heavy downpour in the late evening which carried till way after midnight, we did not anticipate anyone being able to complete the challenge in less than 40 hours. But, the challengers were just too strong to be knocked down by the cold and windy night! 

Bravo to all who dare to take up the challenge. And to the 5 who made it way before the closing time, you are the ultimate warriors. Salute to all of you.

Will the RD make a comeback in 2015? Maybe there will be a more challenging format coming from this sadist RD . . . . . .. let give it a guess . .  . could it be a more challenging cut off time? . . . . 

Watch out for the next posting on my take of G5N as the sadist bystander!

Note:
All the photos & illustrations are courtesy of G5N ( https://www.facebook.com/Gunung5Nuang )






1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was among the last hiker to climb nuang on that day.Started at 10am and saw 1 participant about to start his 2nd loop.Met a regular who told me to descend before 3pm. Along the way I met G5N runners. Greeted them and they smiled back. They even gave way to others and politely asking when they want to overtake. Less than 1km to summit and I was really pancit. 1 participant asked me whether im ok or not (thanks bro!..im the one who should ask u but u look so steadylah). At summit another G5Ner told me to descend as soon as possible as day getting darker (it was raining summore). During descend bumped with uncle with so-so headlight and amoi without torch/lamp and decided to join them as I got good headlamp (and I hate being alone in the dark...in the jungle...on the mountain..ok.takut hantu) and reach carpark at 10pm.....and bumped again G5Ners starting their 3rd loop.....I was like...seriously...3rd time? U guys are awesome! Congrats and thumbs up to all.