My ignorance of running in Indonesia has been gradually diminish. Through Facebook, i started to find out that there is running community in Indonesia although not as big as in the Philippines and there are races going on though not as many and frequent compare to the country of BaldRunner.
Several race events like New Balance, Puma, Reebok and by companies/foundations are being held mostly in Jakarta. However, i noticed that the majority of the races are short distance (5k & 10). I found out that there were also Jakarta Marathon, Garuda Bali International Marathon and Malang Marathon last year. However, I didn’t found any of those events being held this year. Compare to running blogs in the Philippines, not many information you could find in internet about those races. Something which i wanted to see a change in the future about running Indonesia.
This week, i got a friend request from Facebook who later i found out that he is the race director (Ngurah Paramartha) of International Bali 10k. Highlight of this run as quoted from its website is followed:
Bali – the island is world renowned as a tourist destination. Many desired items for anyone is readily available in Bali: its nature, culture, the people’s friendliness and the comfort zone built by its nature and people. In line to commemorate the province’s 50 th anniversary on 14 th August 2008, as well as the moment to celebrate Indonesian 63 rd Independence Day – one collosal event taking form of a 10K road race run took place and time in Denpasar, Bali on 10 th August 2008. Bali 10K involved participants from all over Indonesia and as well as international athletes. This event – International Bali 10K – is now scheduled as an annual event for Bali, so as to reach the particular momentum of importance for Bali, Indonesia, its tourism and its general society. As to the same token in order to form a chain of brotherhood between the world’s society, International Bali 10K is a form of Sport Tourism , carrying in itself the theme “A Run for Unity”.
INTERNATIONAL BALI 10K is an international scale road race run event that will be in its third year, with the theme A Run for Unity embracing the concepts of:
Road race run is now one of Bali Province’s annual agenda in line to commemorate its anniversary and Indonesian Independence Day celebration every month of August
INTERNATIONAL BALI 10K as a format of sport tourism – tourist and sporting attraction in one, to create a new meaning of many reasons for people worldwide to visit Bali
Participants to INTERNATIONAL BALI 10K are international elite athletes, national elite athletes, general participants and students, as a media to race the time and set a milestone to national Indonesian athletes for their best time
This program invites ambassadors/consuls/honorary consuls of countries having its representative office in Bali, as well as other key society personals – in our aim to implement unity and brotherhood of the world’s society in Bali
In line with the road race run, the society will experience a form of entertainment with a performance stage where popular bands & artists perform, with celebrities around the event grounds, food stalls and product sampling stands of event supporters
The program coverage will be handled by international and national media, in conjunction with the presence of elite international runners
INTERNATIONAL BALI 10K has obtained its recognition by IAAF through PB PASI (Indonesian Athletic Association).
This was the information of the race last year. However, since the race has became annual event of the local government, this year, the 3rd International Bali 10k would be held on August 9, 2009. The prizes for Elite International Male and Female are:
1st place: US$ 4,000
2nd place: US$ 3,000
3rd place: US$ 2,000
4th place: US$ 1,000
5th place: US$ 500
Record of elite international:
Female :Trianingsih (Indonesia) 33:22:18
Male :Robert Kilagat Kosgei (Kenya) 29:37:93
Now, i’m calling the attention of elite runners of Team BaldRunner to this event. I’m not so sure about the PRs of Cris Sabal and Marecil Maquilan in 10k, but i’m pretty confidence if they participate, they would be in top 5 finishers.
Below are some of the pictures of the said race:
Interested to join? Click here for details.