The Jakarta Post
Categories in Maybank Bali Marathon consists of a full marathon (42,195 km), half marathon (21,075 km), 10k run, 10k for disabled runners, as well as a children's sprint category. (Shutterstock/File)
An annual international marathon in Bali slated for Aug. 27 is set to gather 9.000 participants, including runners from Kenya, Ethiopia, United States, Europe, Australia and neighboring Asian countries.
Participants at the 2017 Maybank Bali Marathon (MBM) this year would traverse on a new route and run across two regencies in the island province, as the competition enters its sixth year since it was first held in 2012.
In addition to the usual Gianyar regency, runners would also pass through Klungkung regency, according to a statement released on Wednesday.
The event this year is also set to welcome an increased number of participants by 20 percent compared to last year's 7.500 people.
Categories in the competition consist of a full marathon (42,195 km), half marathon (21,075 km), 10k run, 10k for disabled runners, as well as a children's sprint category.
“Bringing a number of new concepts, that are attractive, in terms of route, race pack collection, the technology used, and increased participants, we strive to maintain the race quality, by prioritizing the safety and convenience for the participants,” Taswin Zakaria, President Director of Maybank Indonesia, said in the statement.
In anticipation of the event, the committee this year has designed different starting pens runner, doubled security personnel and added more road barricades along the route for security.
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Various prizes are up for grabs for participants at the MBM, an event which has been dubbed as one of the "remarkable races in the world that one must participate in before you die" by The Active Times.
The race has also made it to the list of the "Best 52 Races on Earth 2016" by Runnersworld. (asw)