The Mandiri Jakarta Marathon 2016, - the biggest running event in Indonesia – is with us again. Continuing its success in previous editions, the Jakarta Marathon will again turn the streets of the capital city of Jakarta into a colossal race track for thousands of runners on Sunday, 23rd October 2016. This mega sport-tourism event is jointly presented by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia and the Jakarta Provincial Government in cooperation with promoters INSPIRO and Bank Mandiri as main sponsor.
As always, the Jakarta Marathon 2016 will feature 5 categories which are: The Full Marathon (42.195KM, flag off start at 05.00 West Indonesia Time), the Half Marathon (21KM, flag off start at 05.10 West Indonesia Time), 10K (Flag off Start at 05.20 West Indonesia Time), 5K (flag off start at 05.30 West Indonesia Time), and 1.3Km Maratoonz (Childrens’ Sprint, flag off start at 08.00 West Indonesia Time).
With the Start and Finish Line at Jakarta’s iconic National Monument (Monas), the race will again pass some of Jakarta’s most prestigious landmarks including the Old Batavia complex and the Fatahilah Square, the Istiqlal Mosque and the Cathedral, as well as the Hotel Indonesia Roundabout. Meanwhile 10K and 5K runners will be presented passing some of the most impressive buildings in Jakarta’s own Central Business District. The Jakarta Marathon’s route has received certification from the Association of International Marathon and Distance Races (AIMS) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) with elevation level 0 m/km.
This year, Jakarta Marathon has chosen the theme “Run a Matter of Time”. Chairman of Jakarta Marathon, Sapta Nirwandar expects that the theme can light the spirit of Indonesians and International runners to make their best efforts to conquer the challenging course of the streets in this capital city, known for its high humidity. At the press conference held on 5th October 2016 at the Shangri-La hotel it was revealed that 16,000 runners have registered participating in the event, with 1,300 international runners from many other countries.
As in all previous editions, Jakarta Marathon this year will also feature a charity activities collaborating with the Indonesia Cancer Foundation (YKI) and Indonesia Children Oncology Foundation (YOAI), Dompet Dhuafa Foundation, and Arka Mahesa Run for Charity.
Due to the fact that the event will take place along major roads of the capital city, there will be road closures and traffic diversions on some streets. These will be applied on 23rd October 2016 from 00.00 to 12.00 West Indonesia Time starting from the Monas area (as Start and Finish line) and along streets passed by the route that are the track of the race. Further notice of road closure and traffic diversions are still being coordinated with the Office of Transportation of Jakarta and Jakarta’s Police.
However, beyond these, the public is expected to give a warm welcome and cheer runners on, since it is this warm and enthusiastic support of spectators that urge runners to keep returning and participating in the race.
As mentioned in the official press release, Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya acknowledged that sport-tourism events such as the Jakarta Marathon are among tourism sectors that attract huge crowds of both domestic and international tourists. Through the event, Minister Arief Yahya is confident that more tourists will visit Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital city. Meanwhile, Governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaya Purnama - popularly called Ahok - expressed his pride in the accomplishment of Jakarta Marathon. “We have shown the world that the streets of Jakarta that are usually crowded with heavy traffic, can be transformed into an international scale marathon course.”
More information is available at: http://thejakartamarathon.com