The Jakarta Post
Thousands of runners from nine countries are expected to participate in an international marathon that will be held in Kuta Mandalika, one of Indonesia’s prominent tourist destinations in Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), in September.
Organized by the Indonesian Military (TNI), the competition, titled "Indonesian National Armed Forces Mandalika International Marathon 2018", is slated for Sept. 23, said the event’s publication coordinator, Col. Inf. Kristone Sianturi, after a coordination meeting on Wednesday.
Kristone said the event offered prize money totaling Rp 10 billion (US$696,519). "This is the most prize money offered in Indonesia for such a competition,” he said.
The competition will be divided into several categories, comprising a full marathon (42 kilometers), half marathon (21 km) as well as 10-km and 5-km runs, Kristone said. He said the event would be open for both professional runners and all Indonesian citizens.
Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) general affairs head I Gusti Lanang Bratasuta said runners participating in each category would run across a number of tourist destinations in Mandalika Special Economic Zone (KEK) as the event also aimed to promote and boost tourism in the area.
KEK Mandalika is one of the Tourism Ministry’s 10 priority destinations, comprising areas stretching from Kuta Beach and Seger Beach to Tanjung Aan Beach.
Held to commemorate the TNI’s 73rd anniversary, the international marathon will also present aerobatic shows by the TNI’s Jupiter Aerobatic Team and exhibit the military’s Alutsista (primary weaponry defense system), Kristone said.
Those who want to participate in the marathon can register at www.tnimarathon.com. (afr/ebf)