History Of Jakarta Marathon
Jakarta Marathon is the first official International Marathon in Indonesia, was held in the capital city of Indonesia, were initiated and founded by Mr. Joko Widodo (The Governor of Jakarta Province period 2012-2014) and Mr. Sapta Nirwandar (Vice Minister of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of The Republic of Indonesia period 2009-2014). Jakarta Marathon is promoted and organized by Inspiro. Since the beginning it is supported by the Ministry of Tourism of The Republic of Indonesia and Jakarta City Government. Jakarta Marathon scheduled annually every end of October.
The first Jakarta Marathon was held on 27 October 2013 and participated by more than ten thousand runners from all over the world, including world elite runners from Kenya, Ethiopia, the United Kingdom, Japan, France, and Australia. Runners from 50 countries hit the streets to run in one of the five race categories: Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10K, 5K and Maratoonz (sprint for the children) that have its start & finish point at National Monument (MONAS). Jakarta Marathon has received certification from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) with elevation level 0 m/km which is valid for 5 years from 2013. The first Jakarta Marathon offered a total prize of IDR 2.5 billion presented by Dept. of Sport and Youth Jakarta City Government.
Despite of various challenges, Jakarta Marathon was a great event to promote Sport Tourism in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. The run course of the marathon is covering Jakarta’s city landmarks, such as Old Town/Kota Tua, Pasar Baru, Jakarta Cathedral Church, Istiqlal Mosque, Bundaran HI, Pancoran Statue, and GBK Stadium. The event also be enlivened with Festival and live music performances whereby at several spots in the course, runners and spectators would be pampered with entertainment stages presenting lively Indonesian traditional arts and culture performances and also festive and splendid contemporary pop arts.
A Sport & Running Expo is part of Jakarta Marathon & always be held 3 days prior to Jakarta Marathon to cater the entire Jakarta Marathon runners & open for Public.