Mandiri Bintan Marathon kicks-off with more than 3,000 participants from over 35 countries.
Following the success of last year’s inaugural run, this year’s event which will take place from 7-8 September 2019 continues to ignite the competitive spirit of runners in the Half, Full and Elite Marathon categories. From first-timers to running enthusiasts, there is something for everyone at the Mandiri Bintan Marathon this year. Taking place in the beautiful Bintan Island, the second edition of the Marathon kicks off today with more than 3,000 runners across five categories.
In addition to the 21km Half Marathon and 42km Full Marathon categories for seasoned runners, the crowd favorite 10km category makes a comeback this year by popular demand. In fact, many first-timers are challenging themselves in this category.
Industry watchers will also have their eyes on the new 42km Full Marathon Elite category, introduced to challenge elite runners from around the region who have a shorter qualifying time. Another new category – the 3km Family Run – has also been introduced this year, perfect for parents who wish to run with their children. Open to parents/guardians and children aged 4 to 12, this non-competitive fun run category will include various carnival games throughout the race route, making it even more exciting for the little ones.
“Being able to run amidst nature, away from the cityscape is truly a very refreshing change. I had taken part in the marathon last year and it was an awesome run. That’s why I am back this year to participate in the 21km category. I have been training regularly for this run and hope to clock a good timing tomorrow,” shared Jenny Huang, 46, a Mandiri Bintan Marathon’s ambassador who is from Singapore.
The five categories, spanning over two days, have attracted more than 3,000 participants from over 35 countries with the oldest participant aged 75 years old from Singapore. The top three countries with the most participants are Indonesia, Singapore, and China. Top runners can look forward to attractive cash prizes totaling up to SGD100,000 (IDR 1 billion).