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Race your way to Pangkor Laut

On May 13, Malaysia's Pangkor Laut Resort is hosting The Chapman's Challenge 2017 for the second year, a biathlon consisting of a 6.2km run around the private island's roadways and through a two million-year-old rainforest and a 1km swim out at Emerald Bay, before concluding at Chapman's Bar.

The one-of-a-kind race was crafted to commemorate the late British WWII hero Colonel Spencer Chapman's adventure there.

He spent 3½ years hiding from the occupying Japanese army during the war in the jungles of Malaya.

On May 13, 1945, he made his escape from Emerald Bay at Pangkor Laut with his compatriot, Major R. Broome. They swam 45m out to sea at night to be rescued by a Royal Navy submarine, the HMS Statesman.

Mr Christopher Spencer Chapman, the youngest son of Colonel Chapman, the race's guest-of-honour, will flag off the participants for The Chapman's Challenge 2017.

The package starts from around $300 per room per night, and includes two entries to the race, daily meals and accommodation in your preferred villa type.

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