The Jakarta Marathon 2014, Indonesia's biggest international running event is ready to be staged on Sunday, 26th October 2014.
Entering its second edition, the Event will offer competitions in three categories: the Full Marathon (42.195km), a half marathon (21km), and maratoonz for kids (1.3km).
As in its inaugural edition last year, Jakarta Marathon will take elite international runners, national athletes, and general running enthusiasts pass some of the capital city's most prominent landmarks such as the 17th century Old Batavia area and its many interesting renovated colonial buildings, the Fatahilah Square, the Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta's Cathedral , the National Monument (Monas), and the Hotel Indonesia Roundabout.
Governor of Jakarta (and President-elect of Indonesia for 2014-2019 term) Joko Widodo, who was co-founder of this event, has confirmed his attendance at the Jakarta Marathon 2014.
Fully supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, the Jakarta Marathon is aimed to establish Jakarta as a world class tourist destination, especially in the field of Sport Tourism. Adding to the magnetic draw of the event, the city of Jakarta has set aside a total prize of IDR 2.4billion for the winners.
“Jakarta Marathon is the biggest Sport Tourism event in Indonesia at recognized international standard, which is projected to be held regularly. There will be a cultural festival to accompany the event which will make the unique difference when compared to other marathons in the world” said Sapta Nirwandar, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, at the press conference held on Sunday, 24th August 2014.
Ndang Mawardi from Inspiro, promoters of the Jakarta Marathon 2014 explained that the event will feature mini shows of various art and cultural performances from all over the Indonesian Archipelago that is a collaboration between the organizing committee of the Jakarta Marathon 2014 with regional governments and the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (The Indonesia in Miniature Park).
“There will be, as example, a traditional performance of Rampak Gondang, along with a banner of Rampak Gondang together with promotions to visit the destination from where the art originates. These performers will play for 7 straight hours to keep up and boost the spirit of runners” added Ndang Mawardi.
From the targeted 15,000 runners, 4,000 have already registered, including 500 runners from 31 countries such as Japan, England, France, Australia, Kenya, and Singapore. The event is scheduled to take place from 05.00 to 12.00 hrs West Indonesia Time. To secure the safety of this massive running fiesta, 5, 000 police and other security personnel will be deployed. Public announcements to clear major streets and areas along the route of the marathon will also be made prior to the event. The public will be urged not to gather at Monas to watch the actions, but they can simply watch at designated points along the route.
Building the hype ahead of the Jakarta Marathon 2014, the Sport Running Expo will take place at the Jakarta Convention Center from 23rd to 25th October 2014. The sport exhibition will feature all necessary gear and accessories perfect for running events such as shoes, jerseys, hats, watches, and more. There will also be social activites for blood donation to the Indonesia’s Red Cross (PMI) by Indokasih.com (Indonesia.travel)
For more information you can visit:www.thejakartamarathon.com