Source: The Jakarta Post

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sun, 04/08/2012 9:04 AM

Running has become one of the most popular workouts in Indonesia. Identifying oneself as a runner is no longer confined to amateur athletes, but is a title proudly owned by people from different walks of life, including businesspeople and executives who have embraced running as part of their lifestyle.

Many take up running because they want to stay in shape, in addition to the relaxation of escaping their work routines. Every Sunday morning, they head to Jakarta?s central boulevards of Jl. Sudirman and Thamrin or Senayan Sports Stadium.

"Running is a product of the explosion of social entrepreneurship and also the growing middle class who take care of their health by doing sports," said businessman and avid runner Sandiaga S. Uno.

He adds that running and especially marathons are used by individuals or companies as a medium for social outreach programs or corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts.

Sandiaga pioneered "Berlari Untuk Berbagi" (Running for Sharing), a charity program that raises funds for the needy through competing in marathons.

Unfortunately, international marathon races that are open to the public are rarely held in Indonesia, with the last organized way back in the 1980s. And compared to neighboring countries, Indonesia ranks the lowest in terms of hosting international marathon events. In 2011, for instance, no single international marathon event was held in the nation, compared to eight events in Thailand, six in Singapore, four in Malaysia and two in the Philippines.

Amateur runners have instead been forced to go abroad to compete in such events as the Singapore Marathon, KL Marathon, Gold Coast Australia Marathon, Berlin Marathon and New York Marathon.

The good news for runners is that Bank International Indonesia (BII) Maybank will organize an international open marathon on April 22 in Bali, with the Bali Safari Marine Park, Gianyar, designated as the starting and finishing point.

About 2,500 participants, both professional runners and amateur enthusiasts, are expected to take part in the BII Maybank Bali Marathon, with a full marathon (42.19 kilometers), half marathon (21.09-km) and 10-km race.

BII Maybank said its reasons for organizing the event were to meet the needs of the increasing numbers of marathon enthusiasts in Indonesia amid a dearth of competitions.

"Besides promoting Indonesia in general on the international athletic map, the marathon event is also part of BII?s CSR program," said BII?s general legal counsel Satyo Haryo Wibowo, who is a co-race director.

Bali has been selected as the venue because it is one of the world?s top tourist destinations, offering cultural wealth and beautiful scenery to visitors. The route will allow the participants to enjoy Bali?s legendary vistas.

"It covers not only the main road, but participants will also see paddy fields, kampongs and Balinese temples, gamelan, dancers and other exotic scenery," he said.

"Besides Bali has sufficient infrastructure and supporting facilities, hotels and adequate airport, which will meet the requirements for holding an international-scale marathon."

To ensure that the marathon proceeds smoothly, BII Maybank has coordinated with the Bali governor, Denpasar mayor and Gianyar regent, and is also closely cooperating with several parties that have extensive experience in organizing sports events.

"Barbara Oravetz, founder of Jakarta Free Spirit, one of the running clubs in Jakarta, is assisting us in this regard," he said, adding that Mark Clay, a triathlon ironman, and Bali Discovery Tour event organizer that organizes the Bali International Triathlon, are also involved in its organization.

According to Satyo, the marathon will be held in accordance with standards set by international practice. The BII Maybank organizing team has cooperated with the Association of International Marathon and Distance Races (AIMS) on ensuring the proper race course.

"The AIMS has sent Dave Cundy to conduct measurements on the distance of the race. Dave Cundy has extensive experience in conducting measurements on race distances and already holds Grade A as an IAAF-AIMS course measurer," he said.

Participants will have a time chip attached to their leg, enabling the speed of each runner to be recorded.

BII Maybank is offering US$20,000 in prize money for the marathon champion and $10,000 for the 10-km race winner. "As a form of appreciation for their participation, all participants will be entitled to a medal as a finisher," Satyo said.

To date, about 1,500, or more than 50 percent, of the targeted 2,500 runners have registered and confirmed their participation in the event. "Many of the participants are runners from other countries, such as Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Switzerland and the United States," Satyo said.

The walk-in registration, which began in December 2011, will remain open until April 10, while online registration will be open until April 12.

Those interested in participating in the BII Maybank Bali Marathon should visit for more information.

BII gelar acara marathon berhadiah US$ 20.000
Source: Kontan

Oleh Astri Karina Bangun - Kamis, 22 Maret 2012 | 13:52 WIB

JAKARTA. PT Bank Internasional Indonesia Tbk akan menggelar BII Maybank Bali Marathon pada 22 April 2011 mendatang. Acara lomba lari marathon internasional ini merupakan yang pertama kalinya kembali diselenggarakan di Indonesia setelah 20 tahun sebelumnya.

Project Director BII Maybank Bali Marathon Thila Nadason mengungkapkan, animo masyarakat mengikuti perlombaan ini sangat besar. Dia mengaku sejak pendaftaran dibuka pada 16 Desember 2011 lalu sudah ada 1.000 peserta dari sekitar 30 negara yang akan ambil bagian.

BII menargetkan bisa menggaet 2.500 peserta. "Di antaranya terdapat pelari profesional asal Kenya, Lukas Kibet. Dia merupakan juara dunia marathon tahun 2007," kata Thila, Kamis (22/3).

BII mengatakan, perlombaan itu telah mendapatkan sertifikasi internasional dari International Mesurement Certificate. Baik untuk full marathon (42,195 km), half marathon (21,0975 km). Sementara itu untuk kategori 10 km telah mendapatkan sertifikat dari Association of International and Distance Races (AIMS).

BII menyiapkan hadiah dengan nilai US$ 20.000 untuk kategori full marathon putra/putri, US$ 3.500 full marathon putra/putri kategori (lokal) ,US$ 10.000 half marathon internasional, US$ 1.000 half marathon (lokal), kategori 10 km internasional hadiahnya senilai US$ 2.500, dan kategori 10 km lokal senilai US$ 700.

BII Siap Gelar BII Maybank Bali Marathon

Oleh: Ekonomi - Senin, 26 Maret 2012 | 10:48 WIB

INILAH.COM, Jakarta - PT Bank Internasional Indonesia Tbk (BNII) menyampaikan perkembangan persiapan 'BII Maybank Bali Marathon', lomba lari marathon internasional yang untuk pertama kalinya dalam 20 tahun terakhir.

Hasil pendaftaran secara on line melalui website terdapat pelari profesiona asal Kenya, Luke Kibet, juara dunia marathon tahun 2007, yang juga pemenang Singapore Marathon pada tahun 2008 dan 2009. Disamping itu juga terdapat Sue dan Andrew O?Brien, pasangan suami istri runner dan motivator dari dari Australia, yang pernah bersama-sama mengikuti 8 (delapan) lomba lari marathon di 8 (delapan) negara dalam 8 (delapan) minggu. Dari para pendaftar juga banyak terdapat eksekutif profesional yang pehobi olahraga lari.

"Kami senang melihat animo para pendaftar, baik pelari profesional maupun umum. Hal ini juga berkat dukungan rekan-rekan penggemar olah raga lari beserta komunitas-komunitas lari, baik di dalam dan luar negeri yang turut menyampaikan informasi kepada sesama rekan-rekannya secara luas," kata Pjs Presiden Direktur BII, Rahardja Alimhamzah.

Untuk penyelenggaraan BII Maybank Bali Marathon, BII juga telah memperoleh dukungan dari Pemerintahan Daerah Bali, mulai dari pimpinan Kabupaten Gianyar, Kotamadya Denpasar hingga Provinsi Bali. Demikian juga dari induk organisasi Persatuan Atletik Seluruh Indonesia (PASI) dan sponsor pendukung.

BII juga telah berhasil telah mendapatkan sertifikasi internasional untuk rute BII Maybank Bali Marathon dari International Measurement Certificate number INA2012/009, baik untuk full marathon (42,195 km), half marathon (21,0975 km) dan 10 km dari Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) dengan International Measurement Administrator Dave Cundy, yang memiliki Grade A IAAF-AIMS course measurer.

Sebagai ajang pemanasan menuju BII Maybank Bali Marathon, BII telah menyelenggarakan 'Mini Marathon Event' untuk jarak 5 km, 10 km dan 15 km pada hari Minggu (25/3/2012) dengan start dari pelataran Plaza Senayan mulai pukul 6 pagi. Event ini juga ajang pertemuan bagi para pelari marathon lain untuk saling bertukar informasi, khususnya dalam persiapan menuju BII Maybank Bali Marathon.

BII Maybank to host first marathon in Bali
Source: The Jakarta Post

The Jakarta Post | Sat, 12/10/2011 2:03 PM

JAKARTA: Bank Internasional Indonesia (BII) Maybank will organize the first international marathon in the country after years of absence on April 22 in Bali.

About 3,500 participants, both professional and beginner runners, are expected to take part in the open marathon, called the BII Maybank Bali Marathon, which features full marathon (42.19 kilometers), half marathon (21.09-km) and 10-km races.

"It will be exciting ? a great event for Bali and Indonesia, because participants will enjoy countryside scenery. It won?t be just main road, but you will also see paddy fields, kampongs, and [Balinese] gamelan [traditional music] as well as dancers during the marathon," organizer Barbara Oravetz told a press conference on Friday in Jakarta.

BII Maybank acting president director Rahardja Alimhamzah said that the bank offers US$20,000 in prize money for the marathon champ as well as $10,000 for the 10-km race winner.

"We hope that it won?t be our first and last event to host. We?re seeing a possible long-term future to organize this marathon,"" he said.

Jakarta-based avid runner Reza Puspo appreciated organizers' effort in promoting running in Indonesia, which for now is a relatively unpopular sport.

"As far as I know, Jakarta had a marathon event during [former] president Soeharto?s regime, but it was a long time ago. If Singapore managed to host an event that drew up to 60,000 runners from around the world, I believe Indonesia will also be able to do it," said founder of the capital-based running community, Indo Runner.

The marathon will take place in Gianyar and Denpasar. Visit for more info on the event.