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Desari 10K invites runners to explore Betawi culture

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, May 27, 2018  /  02:40 pm
Desari 10K invites runners to explore Betawi culture

Desari 10K is a running competition packaged with a Betawi folk party to be held after the race. (Shutterstock/File)

A portmanteau of Depok and Antasari, Desari describes the route of a newly built highway connecting Depok city with Jakarta’s Antasari road. The new road that has not yet opened will be the venue of a race titled the Desari 10K, claimed to be the first full toll road running race.

Desari 10K committee head Alfie Dasaad told Antara on Wednesday that the running competition was packaged with a Betawi folk party to be held after the race. The party will take place at a race village that can be attended by citizens from residential areas surrounding the highway.

“The Desari 10K folk party aims to entertain, raise social awareness and offer Betawi culinary delights that support a healthy lifestyle,” said Alfie.

He went on to say that the event was slated to be held on July 8. Apart from offering Betawi culture as an attraction, the running competition also offers scenic views rolling along the sides of the Depok-Antasari highway.

Runners will be able to see Mount Gede from the start and during the first leg heading south. The view is expected to give runners the feeling of running in the countryside. After finishing the first leg, runners are to turn around and retrace their steps to the finish line, with the contrast of skyscraper views along the sides of the road.

The concession holder of the Desari toll road, which spans 21.6 kilometers through Jakarta, Depok, and Bogor, is PT Cipta Waspphutowa, which also organized the running competition. The company said the event was to celebrate the completion of the construction of section 1A (Antasari – Brigif/Cinere).

Djoko Saputro, president director of PT Cipta Waspphutowa said the highway was expected to support the activities and mobility of residents around the area. And in the end, they hope this infrastructure will also contribute more to the economy.

The running competition will be divided into two categories, namely the 10K and 5K with the start and finish lines near the toll gate in Cilandak, South Jakarta. The competition will start at 5.30 a.m. for the 10K category, with two-and-a-half hours cut off time. Meanwhile, 5K runners are to start at 5.45 a.m. with one-and-a-half hours cut off time.

“Water stations will be provided in three spots for 10K runners, and two spots for 5K runners,” said Safrita Aryana, the director of the competition.

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The event is expected to draw 3000 individual and community runners from Indonesia and abroad. Registration is already open, and discounts are offered for communities who wish to join the run. There will be 10 percent off the registration fee for a community of five people, and 15 percent off for a group of 10 people. (mut)