Programme

7:00 - 7:45 Check in and registration (Coffee will be served)
7:45 - 8:00 Welcome & Race Briefing
8:00 Race flag-off
11:00 Race ends (all participants must return by 12.00 PM)
11:00 - Onwards Closing & prize giving
12:00 Lunch & Wrapping up


Note: This race's is about the fastest, but the this is not the main objective. It is a family/friends/team building race where whoever completes the challenges, answers the questions correctly, gets all the stamps and finishes within the three hours is a true winner. There will be prizes given out for the teams that come in first, second and third.

About the race

Actively Explore unique and HIDDEN HERITAGE

KUCHING heritage race

What to bring:

  • Sunblock
  • Registration form
  • Umbrella
  • Camera
     

what is provided:

  • Race booklet
  • Drinking water
  • First Aid Station

The main objective of the Kuching Heritage Race, on Saturday 14 th January 2017, is to stoke the
interest and appreciation for the cultural and built heritage of Kuching. Kuching is a multi-
cultural city with a long history that includes Sultans, tribal chiefs, Chinese and Indian traders,
White Rajahs, Japanese Occupation, Australian liberation and time as a British colony.
This is a team event with teams of at least 2 and up to 6 members. The teams will “race” through
Central Kuching testing the knowledge and agility of participants as they answer questions or
carry out activities based on the clues and instructions given. The aim is to make discovering the
hidden cultural heritage of Kuching fun and to provide a great learning experience; in addition,
through this event, proceeds will be given to worthwhile heritage-related projects as well as to
under-funded charitable organizations. The maximum number of participants is capped at 200
with a participation fee of RM60 per person.


156 participants inaugurated the 1 st Kuching Heritage Race on 30 th January 2016; made up of 42
teams they came from all walks of life and from far and wide: family and friends groups, tour
guides, bloggers, Associations such as the Sarawak Society for the Deaf; among the participants
were visitors from New York, Paris, Tasmania, China, UK, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.  With
the support of many tourism and heritage organizations (notably the STB and SCB), the event
raised RM 20,000, which was able to provide customized wheelchairs for handicapped children.
With the experience of the first race, the next race promises to be more challenging and exciting
as this focus on the undiscovered parts of Kuching that many local residents may not be aware.
Following the experience and feedback from the last race, the organizers are crafting a bigger,
better and tougher race. Similar to the previous race there will be cash prizes, and there will
opportunities for brains to triumph over brawn with our heritage quiz. This upcoming race
promises to be even more fun and fast paced than the previous one. Everyone, young, old,
visitors and residents will have a good chance of winning the top prizes.


Philip Yong, currently the President of the Sarawak Tourism Federation (STF), took up the
challenge to bring the race to Kuching and curated the race with the assistance of individuals
and various local heritage and volunteer organizations, including Kuching In & Out (KINO)
magazine, Friends of Sarawak Museum, (FoSM), and the Sarawak Heritage Society.
Yeoh Siew Hoon, founder of online travel portal Web In Travel (WIT) had this to say: “The
Heritage Race is ideal for boutique destinations like Kuching. The city is rich in heritage, has a
strong community-feel and is relatively unknown to most travellers outside of Sarawak. This
event helps to focus attention on what makes Kuching unique and different, and at the same
time rallies local communities around their own heritage. Inter-sectoral and inter-generational,
there was true collaboration between all industry sectors – government, tourism associations,
tour operators, tour guides, heritage lovers – and it was wonderful to see so many families bring
their children along. It’s good to start them young and if you introduce heritage to them in a fun
way, it will stick.”