Jakarta readies for First Jakarta Marathon

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 | 1799

Come Sunday 27 October,Jakarta will be bursting with excitement when thousands of runners take their place to join in the first Mandiri Jakarta Marathon that follows the route across many of the capital's normally traffic congested streets.

Although Sunday will be a car free day along Jakarta's main Sudirman and Thamrin boulevards, nonetheless, with many additional main roads now being blocked off for the Maratahon, Jakartans are already given early notice to give priority to runners. Better still avoid driving pass or along the specified routes.

Jakarta Marathon will start at 05.00 am before dawn to last until 12.00 noon. While the Police will cordon off most of Jakarta's main roads from motor vehicles starting at 02.00 am. Traffic police have reminded those returning home late from Saturday night parties to heed these road closures.

The Marathon will consist of six categories namely: the Full Marathon (42 km) , Half Marathon (21 km), 10K, 5K, Wheelchairs, and Sprint for Children. Some 5,000 to 10,000 runners from 15 to 20 countries are expected to participate in the Jakarta Marathon. Athletes will compete for the Rp.4 billion in total prizes.

The full 42 km Mandiri Jakarta marathon will take the following route:

Starting at the National Monument, runners proceeds via Jalan Budi Kemuliaan - Jalan Abdul Muis - Jalan Majapahit - Harmoni - then on to Jalan Gajah Mada - pass Glodok Chinatown - to the Old Batavia Fatahillah Square - then return to the center of town via Jalan Hayam Wuruk - pass Jalan Juanda, behind the President's Palace and the Istiqlal Mosque, Continue via Jalan Pos passing the Jakarta Theatre - via the Catholic Cathedral - then back to Medan Merdeka Barat - continue on to Jalan Thamrin - Jalan Imam Bonjol - H.O.S Cokroaminoto - and on to Kuningan Gatot Subroto - then U turn at Pancoran to return to Jalan Gatot Subroto - into the Senayan Sports complex via Gerbang Pemuda - take Jalan Asia Afrika - to the Kebayoran area via Jalan Hang Tuah - Jalan Kyai Maja- Jalan Sisingamaraja - and finally return to Sudirman - Jalan Thamrin - to reach the Finish line at the National Monument.

In the latest development, in a meeting between the Deputy Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, Sapta Nirwandar with Deputy Governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja, the Dy Governor explained that Jakarta will set up 17 stages for cultural performances along the route, and provide water and bananas for runners. Traffic will be rerouted in several areas, and some 3,600 security personnel from the police, the army, and provincial officers will be on the watch.

Sapta Nirwandar expressed the intention that the Jakarta Marathon becomes an annual event that will showcase and promote Indonesia's capital city, Jakarta, since the event will be covered by many foreign and domestic media.