Where to Sign Up For Pangkor Laut's Exciting Biathlon

The Chapman’s Challenge 2017 will be returning for its second year as race day kicks off on May 13, marking the 72th anniversary of Colonel Spencer Chapman famous escape. The top three winners will be entitled to exciting stays at some of YTL Hotels’ luxury properties.

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The annual biathlon includes a 6.2km run around the roadways of the private island of Pangkor Laut, across a sprawling, two million year-old rainforestrain forest, a kilometer swim at the beautiful Emerald Bay and of course, a fitting conclusion at Chapman’s Bar.

Chapman was a World War II veteran famous for his exploits behind enemy lines during the Japanese Occupation in Malaya. The heavily decorated British Army officer has been awarded numerous medals including the Lawrence of Arabia Memorial Medal and the Distinguished Service Order and Bar.

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The British colonel spent more than three years hiding from the Japanese army in the wild Malayan jungles, before he made a grand escape from the award-winning Emerald Bay. He was eventually rescued with his compatriot, Major R. Broome, after they swam out in the sea in darkness.

The commemorative race will be flagged off by Chapman’s youngest son, Christopher Spencer Chapman. Pangkor Laut Resort is currently accepting registrations for the race at their website.

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