Marathon Run Kuching, the Latest Sports Tourism Product in Kuching, Sarawak

August 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Kuching Gallery, Sarawak

What is Sports Tourism?

Sports tourism refers to travel which involves either observing or participating in a sporting event staying apart from their usual environment, and marathon run is an example of a sports tourism.

Every year, millions of tourists visit the ‘Land of the Hornbill’ to discover and explore the state. According to statistics from the Ministry of Tourism Sarawak, there were 3.27 million tourists both foreign and domestic who visited the state back then in 2010. The number steadily rose to 4.86 million visitors in 2014. It is reported that over 8,000 local and international runners took part in the race last year. With the encouraging figures and trend, the state is on track to attract even more tourists arrival this year.

 

Kuching Marathon 2017 starting line at Padang Merdeka

Kuching Marathon 2017 starting line at Padang Merdeka

 

Kuching Marathon must be looked at as an event beyond just running, for it has attracted professional runners from all over the world. Around 10,000 are expected to take part in the fourth edition of the annual Kuching Marathon (KM2017) on 13 August 2017 at?Padang Merdeka. Runners from outside the country such as Singapore, Africa, Brunei, and Indonesia are also joining our Malaysian runners for this marathon. This is all part of the efforts to not only make Sarawak a sports destination, but also to add more variety to the tourism industry.

 

Kuching Marathon 2017

Kuching Marathon 2017

 

 

Here are a few benefits that brings tourism in Sarawak to the next level.:

The first one is to increase the level of local interests in the activities associated with the event. As mentioned before, the event is not only joined by local people but also people from outside of Malaysia. Thus, it would attract the local people to come over and check out the event. Some of them might even open up a small, temporary business to gain side-income from the event, and some will contribute to the event by joining the activities associated with the marathon, for example the current ongoing event in Kuching, Kuching Food Festival.

 

Kuching Marathon 2017

Kuching Marathon 2017

 

The second benefit is gaining pleasure from experiencing the event. Through running in the marathon, runners can improve their health, metabolism and stamina. Other than that, upon finishing the marathon, the participants will feel a sense of pride and achievement and they will feel good about themselves. This will also boost their confidence and would make them wanting to join the marathon again for next year.

 

Kuching Marathon 2017

Kuching Marathon 2017

 

Next, the benefit includes giving influence on community pride and increased involvement of individuals in community activities.

Upon receiving a good response to the events, with many people joining, it gives a sense of pride to the local community as they host an event as big as the Marathon Run Kuching. A lot of local runners and entertainers are able to show their ability and credibility as well as proudly representing the state as they perform for the state and country.

 

Kuching Marathon 2017

Kuching Marathon 2017

 

Then, there will also be an improvement of regional identity that is seen as being closely related to urban renewal. This means that, Kuching and also other parts in Sarawak are able to improve their identity. For example, in Kuching, there has been a lot of events being held this year and also more to come in the upcoming months. International and domestic event such as these would definitely contribute to the improvement of identity and make Kuching and Sarawak better known in the eyes of the world.

Other than that, the event can also provide entertainment and social opportunities for local residents. As there are over 8,000 participants in the event, this is like a chance where they can come up to the international runners and build a friendly relationship whilst sharing the same interests in running in the marathon. Through this, both parties are able to get to know more about each other’s cultural differences and learn about them.

 

Kuching Marathon 2017

Kuching Marathon 2017

 

Furthermore, it also strengthens cultural values and traditions. During the officiating day of Kuching Food Festival, there were performances from local entertainers from both Sarawak and other parts of Malaysia, and also entertainers from outside of Malaysia such as Korea. The performers were able to proudly represent their countries as they showcase the cultural values and traditions through their performances.

 

Kuching Marathon 2017

Kuching Marathon 2017

 

Lastly, the event can build the national identity of Sarawak. Other than being held in Kuching, the marathon was also being held in Miri, back in March 2017. The marathon run event can contribute to the sporting identity of Sarawak as part of tourism as this event is being held annually and is actively joined by people from all over the world.

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From Courthouse to ChinaHouse Kuching, with style

Kuching Old Courthouse was one of the colonial-era buildings built during the White Rajahs’ era. Before it was converted to ChinaHouse, the building used to be home to Sarawak Tourism Board and National Park Booking Office in Kuching (now temporarily moved to Sama Jaya Nature Reserve until a permanent location at the Urban Transformation Centre Sarawak is completed), Sabati’s Women’s Museum and Little Lebanon Restaurant (now closed permanently).

The idea of the historical colonial building turned to restaurant, cafe and cultural complex was originally brought to Georgetown when one talented Australian named Narelle McMurtrie had recognised the city’s tourism potential. McMurtrie, along with Christopher Ong; an expatriate Australian, had helped transformed Georgetown’s ramshackle shophouses into boutique accommodation, cafes, restaurants, shops and cultural centres.

One of the corridors at the Old Court House at Kuching

One of the corridors at the Old Court House at Kuching

Image credit to The Borneo Post

With her eyes set on Kuching, Narelle McMurtrie had once again worked her magic and transformed Kuching Old Courthouse into one of the coolest place to hang out in Kuching.

ChinaHouse was opened around March 2016. It houses crafts & art space, library, café & wine bar, gift shop, reading room, performance space, restaurant and auditorium.

The most popular spot at ChinaHouse would be Kopi C Café. With over 30 cakes displayed on a long table and in a glass-fronted fridge, tourists and locals had been visiting the café to check out their cake assortments such as Salted Caramel Cheesecake, Passionfruit Coconut Buttermilk Cake, Lemon Meringue Tart, Vietnamese Coffee Tart, Chocolate Coconut Meringue Pie, Banana Mocha Frost Cake, Ginger Cake and many more! For Halloween night, they even have specially decorated cakes in Halloween theme such as Chocolate Decadence, Chocolate Devil, Chocolate Tissimo, Mocha Tart, and Fleur de Se.

Cakes are not the only attraction of this café. Guests can also try their daily bento special, Chopped Crunchy Salad, Ginger Bud Pesto Spaghetti and others. There are mahjong papers covering the tables so that the guests can doodle on it using the crayons on the table. Recently, they even give Cash Voucher worth RM50 to the best doodle of the week. Guests can also play board games while waiting for their food.

Another famous section of ChinaHouse Kuching is the performance space called The Canteen. Visitors get to enjoy live music performance from local and international bands for free and sometimes for a fee. Among the bands that have performed at the Canteen were Cermin, Tornado Eye, Drasska, Bencana, The Warm, Inspired The Bee, Eleven 51, The Farrah and others. Sometimes, there will were events held there such as Tamiya Mini 4WD competition, Art Galleria’ exhibition and the occasional Quiz Night and Open Mic Night.

Recent quiz night at the Old Courthouse

Recent quiz night at the Old Courthouse

Image credit to Borneo Post

Jazzin it up with Jolynn Under the Stars’ at the courtyard of ChinaHouse

Jazzin it up with Jolynn Under the Stars’ at the courtyard of ChinaHouse

Image credit to Borneo Post

For those who wish for a romantic dinner, they can go to BTB Restaurant. The restaurant is opened daily from 6:00pm to 11:00pm. They serve modern western style dishes influenced by a mix of Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines.

The relaxing atmosphere of ChinaHouse, along with the cool and artistic decorations and friendly staffs make the place a cosy hang out spot for tourists and locals.

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Going Hungry at Fish Frenzy Café Kuching

Kuching folks and I am not sure if they are aware of it, are spoilt for choice when it comes to food. There seems to be many cafes mushrooming up here and there all over Kuching.

There are not as many cafes or restaurants selling fish dishes only though there are a few selling fish noodle soup by hawker stalls around Kuching.

Exterior of the restaurant

Exterior of the restaurant

Being a lover of fish noodle soup, we decided to check out Fish Frenzy Café at SOHO 188, Ground Floor Lot 18713 Block 11 Jalan Wan Alwi 93350 Kuching. If you still don’t know where it is, ask around where is Boon Khai Rojak / Ice Kacang Shop, and someone would be able to point out to you.

This café is nicely designed with a woody wall, and wooden tables and chairs. Ambience is pretty all right for us, it being clean and quiet.

Fried fish meat with clear noodle soup

Fried fish meat with clear noodle soup

We ordered fried fish meat with clear noodle soup, seafood noodle and Spice Meat roll ( pork – that cost RM8) . Here we noted that noodles or rice is charged separately from the fish meat dish. Plain noodles cost RM2.20, and the fish meat ranges from RM11 upwards.

Seafood noodle

Seafood noodle

When the dishes arrived, it was satisfying and fulfilling enough. The fish meat was deep fried. Some of it was a bit hard but on the whole it was tasty.  The clear soup was not too salty and the noodles portion was quite large.

This café is just newly opened, and we saw several passers by looked in to see what we were eating and checking out the menu.

The menu of Fish Frenzy Cafe

The menu of Fish Frenzy Cafe

We would definitely return for a second visit to Frenzy Fish Cafe Kuching as the food is healthy and fulfilling. In this post GST era, we seriously cannot expect a RM6 a bowl fish noodle soup unless it is a hawker stall in a non air- cond place. Our lunch cost us less than RM28.00 inclusive of drinks. On the whole, for us, the lunch was not a too expensive one.

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