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Indonesia Triathlon Series holds virtual race until May 21

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, May 2, 2020  /  03:53 pm
Indonesia Triathlon Series holds virtual race until May 21

The Ramadan VR Run is a virtual race held by the Indonesian Triathlon Series, where runners participate in a 10 or 21 kilometer race over the course of 21 days. (Shutterstock/artyme83)

To lift the public’s spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has coincided with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the Indonesia Triathlon Series (ITS) is holding a virtual race until May 21.

Called the Ramadan VR Run, the race offers a 10 kilometer option and a 21 km option, to be completed by May 21. 

The event is being supported by more than 40 running and triathlon communities.

“During large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and Ramadan, we would like to provide an alternative so people can still work out,” said Kiki Taher, the director of communications and commerce for ITS, in a statement. “The run can be done in parts to allow anyone to complete the course close to their homes.”  

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The ITS has planned a series of monthly virtual competitions called the ITS VR Series, in which people can participate in running, biking and duathlon events. The first virtual duathlon was held in late April. It saw 877 participants from 12 countries.

The Ramadan VR Run is part of the VR Run Series, which will be held until December and includes three competitions. Runners who take part in the Ramadan VR Run can make a contribution through to raise funds for protective gear and medical equipment in the fight against COVID-19.

“The virtual run is free, but we’re giving the option to those who wish to contribute. Donors will receive medals,” said Kiki.  

Registration is free of charge and is open until May 21 on the ITS website. To take part in the run, runners will need to have a GPS-enabled device, phone or smartwatch and a Strava account. The minimum distance to submit is 1 kilometer. After finishing the day’s run, runner can go to their profile on the ITS website and submit their time and a link to their activity in Strava. (wng)

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