It is official: the Jakarta Marathon 2013 will be held for the first time in Indonesia's capital city, Jakarta, on Sunday, 27 October 2013. The news was announced in Paris, France, at the Marathon de Paris 2013, on 4th of April .
Six categories will be competed in the Jakarta Marathon 2013, namely: Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 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 this year that will take contestants over the 42 km course from Pluit in North Jakarta to Senayan in Central Jakarta. Athletes will compete for the Rp. 4 billion in total prizes.
Deputy Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, Sapta Nirwandar said that the Jakarta Marathon will be an international scaled sporting event that had been carefully planned since some time. Adding that similar to other world class marathons, the Jakarta Marathon itself is intended to further expand sports tourism in Indonesia, and is expected to attract more international tourists to Indonesia.
On his side, Jakarta Governor, Joko Widodo enthusiastically welcomed the staging of the Marathon saying that "Jakarta warmly welcomes the very first Jakarta Marathon, projected to be an annual event for Jakarta and Indonesia. We hope that through this event, the number of international tourists to the city will increase each year. Governor Widodo plans to fully support the Jakarta Marathon with art and culture festivities from all over Indonesia.
The Marathon route will take competing athletes and participants pass some of Jakarta's most well known landmarks that include the National Monument or Monas, the Istiqlal Mosque the Cathedral Church across, the Old Batavia complex, and the Hotel Indonesia Roundabout.
The event is organized by Inspiro as the appointed promotor and organizer of The Jakarta Marathon working in close cooperation with the Association of Indonesian Athletes (PASI) and the Amaury Sports Organization (ASO).
Indonesia's participation in the ongoing Marathon de Paris 2013 is intended to observe how a successful marathon should be organized and managed with respect to design, mechanism, methods, and management structure. The opportunity was also used to promote and invite athletes and the international public to come and participate in the Jakarta Marathon 2013.
For registration and more information, please visit the event official website: www.thejakartamarathon.com
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