10k run to highlight Jakarta

Damar Harsanto, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

About 30,000 people are expected to take part in the Enjoy Jakarta International 10K, a run for solidarity along the capital's major thoroughfares on July 2.

The event is part of the Jakarta administration's celebrations for the city's 479th anniversary. Organizers expect more people to participate in this year's event than the 23,000 in 2004 and 25,000 last year.

""We hope to attract more runners to the event, including world-class athletes,"" Muhammad Sidik of the Jakarta Sports Agency said Wednesday.

The administration is working with the Indonesian Track and Field Association (PASI) to attract the world's top 20 runners.

""Some runners have confirmed their participation at the event, including last year's winner Wilberforce Talel of Kenya,"" said PASI secretary-general Tigor M. Tanjung.

Other international runners in the men's category are Moses Mosop and Johnstone Chekwony, both of Kenya; Chane Abera of Ethiopia; Alejandro Suarez of Mexico; Scott Westcott of Australia and Khalid K. Yaseen of Bahrain.

In the women's category, defending champion Lidya Grigorieva of Russia will miss the race, but runner-up Gigi Asha of Ethiopia will try her luck again along with Irina Timofeyeva of Russia, Susan Kuri of Kenya, Jeptoo Rita of Kenya, Nin Rillstone of New Zealand and Viola Bor of Germany.

The race will be divided into four categories: international elite, national elite, student and public.

The winners in the international elite category will bring home a cash prize of US$11,000, while the top runners in the national elite will receive Rp 15 million (US$1,579). The winners of the student category will enjoy Rp 5 million and the public category winners will get Rp 3 million.

""This event is aimed at boosting the positive image of Jakarta in particular and the country in general, aside from promoting track and field sports and entertaining Jakartans,"" Sidik said.

The busway lane will serve as the running track. The event will start at the National Monument (Monas), with runners making their way to the Semanggi cloverleaf before returning to Monas.

""The running track has received recognition from the International Association of Athletics Federations for fulfilling international standards,"" Tigor said.

Free registration open from June 15-25 at: 1. Jakarta Sports Agency office at Jl. Jatinegara Timur No. 66, East Jakarta. Phone (021) 85911167 2. Secretariat of PASI at Madya Track Stadium Jl. Asia Afrika No. 18-19, Senayan. Phone (021) 5731440

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