Jakarta will have another scintillating international event this year with the staging of the Jakarta Marathon, said Deputy Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, Sapta Nirwandar, after meeting with new Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, reported Antara news.
The exact date is still being worked out, said Nirwandar, since in October there will also be the APEC Summit in Bali, besides having to consider the Chicago Marathon held around this time.
Governor Joko Widodo, more familiarly called Jokowi, is said to have responded enthusiastically to the idea.
Offering prizes totaling Rp. 4 billion (or around US$ 400,000) the marathon will cover 42 kilometers passing 9 of Jakarta’s outstanding landmarks, The Jakarta Marathon is expected to draw between 5,000 to10,000 runners, including athletes from 20 countries. It is also open to all, from professionals to children. Categories include a full marathon, half marathon, kids’ spirit and wheel chair race, said Sapta.
The Jakarta Marathon is to start from the Pluit Regatta in North Jakarta, passing the Old Batavia Square, Pasar Baru shopping center, the Jakarta Concert Hall, the Istiqlal Mosque and the Catholic Cathedral, the Jakarta Municipal Hall, the Hotel Indonesia Circle, and Finish at the Bung Karno Sports Center in Senayan.
For the event, the route will be cleared for 12 hours to allow for preparations, the actual race itself and clean up after the event.
Implementing the Marathon, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy will be working together with the Indonesian Athletics Association (PASI) and the Amaury Sports Organization (ASO), which is also co-organizer of the very successful annual Tour de Singkarak cycling race in West Sumatra.
Meanwhile, Head of the Jakarta Office for Tourism and Culture, Arie Budhiman, said that, to distinguish Jakarta from the marathon series that include Tokyo, Paris, Chicago and New York, the Jakarta Marathon will be staged together with a surprise Cultural Carnival that could include participants from already known Carnivals like the Jember and Solo Festivals, since Indonesia has such rich and varied cultural traditions.
The Jakarta Marathon will be the first such international marathon held in South East Asia, with Tokyo being the first city in Asia.
The Jakarta International Marathon and Carnival will raise the image of Indonesia’s capital city, said Deputy Minister Sapta Nirwandar, showcasing some of the city’s best monuments and buildins. It will, moreover, attract increased number of visitors to Jakarta.
(Source : Antara News)
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