The Jakarta Post
A visitor enjoys the morning view at Klangon Hill in Cangkringan, Sleman, Yogyakarta, on May 1. (Antara/Hendra Nurdiyansyah)
Jogja International Heritage Walk (JIHW) is set to return on Nov. 17 to 18 in Yogyakarta.
This year’s theme is “Save the Nature, Respect the Culture, Jogja to the World”, with 2500 participants from 21 countries slated to walk in three categories: 5 kilometers, 10 km and 20 km.
The biggest change from last year is the new route for the second day. It will take the participants through six tourist villages in Turi district, Sleman regency, namely Pancoh, Kelor, Nanggring, Tunggul Arum, Pule Sari and Garongan.
Deputy chief executive of the JIHW, Dahlia Puspasari, told tempo.co that this new route will offer unique experiences for the participants, such as drinking Etawa (Jamnapari) goat’s milk in Nanggring village and visiting Joglo Kelor, the safe haven for Indonesian fighters during the Diponegoro War in Kelor village.
Meanwhile, on the first day participants can enjoy the cucuk lampah performance by Gedruk Lampah Buto at the Prambanan temples. Traditional acoustic music, wayang wong, and the topeng pedalangan dance will also entertain the participants along the route.
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This year's event is said to involve the Internationaler Volkssportverband (IVV), a non-profit organization that accommodates popular sports such as the triathlon. The JIHW has officially been part of the IVV since 2013, which has members from 29 other countries.
"The IVV's role allows walkers from countries in Europe, Japan and the Pacific to come to Yogyakarta to join the JIHW," said JIHW 2018 marketing communication staffer Dede Budiarti.
The JIHW is also collaborating with other associations providing extra activities such as education on jamu (herbal drinks) by Wilwatikta, zumba and free health check-ups by the Rotary Club of Yogya Tugu, as well as free 10 km fun bike and coloring and umbrella painting competitions by the Omah Parenting community.
Also on the schedule are augmented reality board games with the Sebangku community, Taman Siswa Ki Hajar Dewantara educational workshop with Sariswara Club, children's games, education on environment and tree seedlings donation with National Development University's Greentech, and culinary and organic items festival initiated by the Indonesian Organic Community. (iru/kes)
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