Another year, another race: the much sought-after Maybank Bali Marathon (MBM) just marked its seventh edition on Sept. 9, in conjunction with National Sports Day, in a race joined by more than 10,000 runners from 46 countries, including Indonesia.
The race, organized by PT Bank Maybank Indonesia Tbk (Maybank Indonesia) since 2012, comprises several categories: a 42-kilometer (km) full marathon, a 21 km half marathon, a 10 km race, a wheelchair race and a children’s sprint. The track’s start and finish line was located in front of the Bali Safari and Marine Park in Gianyar.
The racetrack covers Jl. Gianyar as well as Klungkung village, providing runners a beautiful, pristine view of green rice fields as well as locals conducting their day-to-day activities.
“We would like to express our gratitude to the Klungkung and Gianyar administrations and locals for their enthusiasm and cooperation as MBM hosts for all these years. We’re also grateful to the runners, most of whom have returned here for the umpteenth time,” Maybank Indonesia president director Taswin Zakaria said in his opening speech.
According to Taswin, the 2018 MBM also marked the second time that the bank had organized a “beach festival” race pack collection in the cozy Taman Bhagawan in Nusa Dua, while having a picnic on the beachside park and reuniting with their fellow MBM regulars.
Taswin added that to promote cashless transactions, this year the bank launched the MaybankQRPay mobile application, which uses a QR scan for transactions in all vendors throughout the MBM.
This year, the bank also announced its regular corporate social responsibility programs instilling entrepreneurship skills for differentially abled and female individuals, while donating money to Bali’s disaster-struck neighbor — Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.
Runners from Kenya — Cosmas Matolo Muteti and Rebecca Jepchirchir Korir — again dominated this year’s full marathon in the male and female categories at 2:15:25 and 2:45:29, respectively, bringing home a prize of Rp 189 million (US$12,763) each. Much to the journalists’ surprise, both runners revealed that a diet rich in fruits — especially oranges and bananas — had helped them endure a grueling training session in their home country.
The camaraderie among the runners, who cheered each other on along the tough, contoured track in Klungkung, as well as the local supporters, made the race especially satisfying.
Just as the runners felt their energy depleting halfway through the course, a number of schoolchildren around a bend in Klungkung village became their cheerleaders. The children’s relentless and genuine high energy eventually breathed a second wind into the exhausted runners, lending them additional energy to reach the finish line just as they turned around and made their way back to the Bali Safari and Marine Park.
Once these finishers collected their medals and chatted enthusiastically with their fellow runners to review their performances in a full endorphin rush, they all knew something: that all of them were winners, having pushed through their own personal limitations to complete the whole course and adopt a healthier lifestyle. This unforgettable positive vibe makes us runners eagerly look forward to joining next year’s MBM.
Text by: JP/Sebastian Partogi
Photos by: JP/Zul Trio Anggono
Inforial by Maybank