The Jakarta Post
The annual Maybank Bali Marathon (MBM), held by private lender PT Bank Maybank Indonesia, has become the first marathon race in Indonesia to win the road race bronze label from World Athletics, the international governing body for the sport of athletics.
The MBM achieved the label after fulfilling requirements set and verified by World Athletics, formerly known as the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), including AIMS-certified mileage and routes, road closures and time-recording systems.
It also fulfilled the requirements of international runners’ attendance, medical assistance, media coverage, standardization of comfort and safety of runners and compliance with all competition regulations set by World Athletics.
Maybank Indonesia president director Taswin Zakaria said the achievement would not only make the MBM an internationally recognized running competition but also raise Indonesia’s contribution to the marathon arena.
“With this bronze label achievement, we are committed to continuously improving the quality of the competition, especially in the comfort and safety aspects that include the infrastructure medical assistance,” said Taswin, as stated in a statement released by MBM organizers.
Taswin added that the company had implemented the “You Register, You Run” campaign to avoid data manipulation and ensure that MBM participants were the ones registered in the company’s data bank.
In addition to achieving the bronze label, the MBM is now also included in the Abbott World Marathon Majors (WMM) Wanda Age Group World Rankings, which enables athletes in nine separate age groups to compete in marathons across the world to earn ranking points in a one-year qualifying period.
The ninth MBM will be held on Aug. 30 with contested categories including a marathon (42.1 km), a half-marathon (21 km), a 10 km and a kids’ dash. Registration is open from Feb. 25.
As a preparatory step, Maybank Indonesia will hold the Road to Maybank Marathon activities for the next six months in collaboration with health experts and running coaches.
Prospective participants will get access to training and education prior to the race day, including running clinics and joint training through the Sunday Morning Long Run, where they will be given education about the cut-off time (COT) of the race per category.