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Bromo Marathon 2014: running through spectacular Mountain Scenery


Bromo Marathon 2014 - Following the success of its inaugural edition last year, the Bromo Marathon 2014 is returning to highlight the magnificent Mount Bromo in East Java on 7 September 2014 participated by hundreds of runners.
Bromo Marathon 2014
The event will feature three categories of competition, including: the Full-marathon distance (42.195 km), the Half marathon distance (21.0975 km), and 10 kilometer run. The start and finish line for the event will take place in the Village of Wonokitri - in the heart of the Tenggerese culture in East Java.  Here Hindu descendants of Java's ancient Majapahit rulers have retained both their religion and culture. The Full Marathon will start off at 7:00 am with the Half-Marathon starting a half-hour later, and the 10-kilomter run a half-hour after that.

Scheduled to take place in arguably one of the most dramatic settings on earth, the event will take competing runners through villages surrounding the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park and along the Tengger caldera. The course also provides a diversity of terrain with half the route on paved road, and half on dirt trail. Incorporating several hills throughout the run, elevations varying from 1,400m to 2,400m.

Leaving  Wonokitri, runners will begin the first stretch of the race off-road, running along the beautiful hills of the Tengger mountain range to the small village of Podokoyo where the route meets a paved road. Here they continue downhill to the village of Tosari where stands a stunning Hindu temple.  From Tosari, runners will go off-road again, exploring the beautiful green hills of the Tengger range before arriving at the village of Ngadiwono where they will ascend the main road to the village of Mororojo. Turning at Mororojo, runners will continue to the village of Ngawu, site of another ancient Hindu temple.

Bromo Marathon 2014
From Ngawu the course climbs a winding path on dirt trails leading to the caldera rim overlooking the memorable moonscape of the volcanic park. At the Dinglik Viewpoint the route returns to pavement for a climb to the peak of Mt. Pananjakan where those running against the clock will be torn between continuing the race or stopping to enjoy the commanding view of the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. It's all downhill for the final stretch back to Wonokitri for the total marathon course of 42,195 kilometers.

Last year, over 900 runners and 5,000 spectators from over 30 different countries swarmed to the tiny, isolated mountain village of Wonokitri to take part in the first ever Bromo Marathon. More than just a race, the Bromo Marathon is a total community effort for the advancement of education in rural Indonesia’s Tengger region.  The Bromo Marathon works alongside various community members to establish an event which aims to improve education, health, and economic prosperity throughout the many low-income, low resource communities inhabiting the region.

Continuing the work from last year, this year’s Bromo Marathon mission is again to advocate the importance of literature, critical thinking and creativity through reading. As a 100% for charity event, all proceeds will go to the support of local schools through the development and advancement of school library facilities in the surrounding communities.

The Full Marathon course covers a distance of 42.195 Kilometers. Starting and ending at the Tenggerese village of Wonokitri, runners circle several villages along the Tengger Caldera, immersing themselves in the beautiful landscapes, serene temples and unique Tenggerese communities along the way.

The course also provides a diversity of terrain with half the route on paved road, and half on dirt trail. Incorporating several hills throughout the run, elevations vary from 1400m to 2400m. We at the Bromo Marathon like a good challenge!

Bromo Marathon 2014
Departing from Wonokitri, runners begin the first stretch of the race off-road, running along the beautiful hills of the Tengger to the small village of Podokoyo where the route meets paved road. Here they continue downhill to the village of Tosari where lies a beautiful Hindu temple. From Tosari, the runners will go off-road again, exploring the many beautiful green hills of the Tengger’s backyard before arriving at the village of Ngadiwono where they will climb the main road to the village of Mororojo. Following the turn around at Mororojo, runners will continue to the village of Ngawu where lies another beautiful Hindu temple.

Moving out of Ngawu, a gradual climb begins, winding through dirt trails encapsulated by forest. Emerging from the forest, the trail thins out onto the caldera rim offering expansive breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape as they venture through the side peaks of the park. Runners continue along the rim to Dinglik Viewpoint where they again meet paved road as the course climbs to an absolute spectacular view of Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. Making their way down from Dinglik, runners follow the winding paved streets along the sides of rolling hills to Wonokitri where they will finish the course for a total distance of 42.195 km.

Schedule




Friday, September 5, 2014

9:00 AM – 8:00 PMPre-Race Expo: Race Packet Pick-Up will be available in Wonokitri Village at Pendopo Wonokitri. Participants will be able to pick-up their packets from 9:00 AM until 8:00 PM

Saturday, September 6, 2014

9:00 AM – 8:00 PMPre-Race Expo: Race Packet Pick-Up will be available in Wonokitri Village at Pendopo Wonokitri. Participants will be able to pick-up their packets from 9:00 AM until 8:00 PM
2:00 PM – 9:00 PMTengger Arts & Culture Festival: A rich display of Tenggerese culture hosted through a number of dance and musical performances narrating the ancient folk tales of the Tengger

Sunday, September 7, 2014

5:30 – 6:45 AMBag Drop & Runner’s Warm-Up
7:00 AMBromo Marathon Start
7:30 AMBromo Half Marathon Start
8:00 AMBromo 10K Start
10:30 AMBromo 10K Cut Off
3:00 PMBromo Marathon & Half Marathon Cut Off
3:30 PMEvent Close

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