- Paradise at a Quick Pace – Maybank Bali Marathon
Paradise at a Quick Pace – Maybank Bali Marathon
Maybank Bali Marathon 2019 Set to Run on Sunday, September 8, 2019
Bali’s Deputy-Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Cok Ace) received a delegation from the organizing committee of the Maybank Bali Marathon 2019 (MBM-2019) on Wednesday, June 19, 2019.
As reported by Beritabali.com, Cok Ace enthusiastically welcome the 8th annual edition of the MBM-2019, saying, “We thank the organizers (of the MBM-2019) not only for providing an event for athletes, but also for their support of the Bali tourism industry.”
The Marathon will be held on September 8, 2019.
Cok Ace said the annual hosting of the event in Bali demonstrates a continuing commitment to make the MBM an annual event on Bali’s sporting calendar and hoped the Marathon’s promotion could be inter-woven with other tourism events in Bali.
The Project Director of MBM-2019, Widya Permana, welcomed the prospect of making the Marathon an annual sporting tourism event on the Island. Adding: “We are gladdened by the collaboration from the government to make the Marathon an annual event to support sports tourism in Bali, supporting the Island’s tourism economy.”
The organizers told the Deputy-Governor that the MBM has advanced from year-to-year. Attracting only 2,000 participants in its first year, with some 13,000 participants expected to sign up to run the Marathon in 2019, up from 10,000 in 2018.
The number of foreign participants will increase in MBM-2019. Japanese runners will be the second largest source of runners after domestic runners from Indonesia. The event is internationally successful, serving as a “jumping stone” for runners wishing to secure official times that allow them to participate in the Boston Marathon.
Foreign participants joining MBM 2019 spend a minimal 3 days in Bali for the race with many bringing family members along for the event.
Domestically, MBM-2018 also serves as a pre-qualification event for National Sports Week 2020 (PON-2020). Because of this, 29 provinces from across Indonesia send an average 4 runners each to participate in MBM-2019.