Why The Run for the Wild?

The purpose of the run is to raise awareness on our wildlife and conservation efforts and to provide a platform for the public to express their support and contribute to conservation

The Run for the Wild is back! Since 2015, the Run for the Wild has inspired its partners and participants to contribute towards wildlife conservation. Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia Program, along with co-organisers Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus and Sarawak Biodiversity Centre, is launching the fourth annual Run for the Wild, one of Kuching’s greatest conservation awareness runs on 17th November 2019, flagging off from Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus.

This year’s Run offers a choice of 3 categories in the 10KM run, 5KM run and 1.5KM walk for runners and families to show genuine love and support towards the conservation of orang-utans and sharks in Sarawak. Additionally, by contributing RM70 to participate in the 10KM run and 5KM run, and RM35 to participate in 1.5KM walk, each person will receive the exclusive event t-shirt in recognition of his / her support, with an additional finisher medal for the first two categories and button badge for the walk. Proceeds will be directed towards orang-utan and shark conservation efforts by Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia Program.

In line with our conservation efforts, we are opting for cotton material for our event T-shirt (as micro-fibres are made of plastics). Runners are encouraged to bring their own water bottles; dispensers will be provided at different locations along the routes to reduce the use of disposable plastic water bottles. A short talk will be given at the end of the event for participants to learn more about the efforts done for orang-utan and sharks in Sarawak.

Previously, the event received contributions from various organisations, such as the Sarawak Society for the Deaf, Sarawak Energy Berhad, Hilton Kuching, Orangutan Project Sdn. Bhd. and others, that showed genuine support to the effort.

Since 2016, the event has welcomed international participants to be part of this effort through the launch of the virtual run, which received registrations from 26 countries outside of Malaysia, covering major continents like North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. This year, the organisers are inviting all wildlife and nature lovers to come together to show their love for wildlife, in support of the conservation of orang-utans and sharks in Sarawak. Registration for virtual runners anywhere in the world is FREE.

Virtual runners may snap their photos and screen shot their runner’s log and send them to to be featured in WCS Malaysia’s Facebook page.