BANDUNG - Pasundan Land's biggest run, Bandung West Java Marathon 2019 Pocari Sweat Run, will be held in Bandung on July 28, 2019. A total of 10,000 runners will certainly enliven the event.
According to the Marketing Director of PT. Amerta Indah Otsuka, Ricky Suhendar, the event carries the theme of The Pride of West Java Sport Tourism. The run, he said, would be centered in Gedung Sate Bandung.
"Last year, the second time, the 2018 Pocari Sweat Run Bandung West Java Marathon was attended by eight thousand runners. And this year, on July 28, there will be 10 thousand runners in the city of Bandung, "he said at a press conference at the West Hall of Gedung Sate, Thursday (05/23/2019).
There are four categories in the Bandung West Java Marathon 2019 Pocari Sweat Run, namely Full Marathon (FM) with participants of at least 21 years, Half Marathon (HM) with a minimum age of 17 years, 10 Kilometers (10K) with a minimum age of 15 years, and 5 Kilometers (5K ) minimum age of 12 years.
Suhe - Ricky Suhendar's familiar greeting - said that ten thousand tickets were available in 45 minutes. According to him, the city of Bandung is indeed a favorite of runners because the city is considered iconic with heritage buildings.
Suhe continued that his party provided attractive offers for virtual participants runners - participants who could not come to the city of Bandung or run out of tickets - namely the guarantee of being able to attend the event in 2020, without having to queue and without tickets.
Regarding routes, there is a difference with the previous year in the half marathon category. Which this year the participants no longer have to pass the Pasupati flyover. For the 10K category, you will pass the Pasupati bridge - Jl. Asia-Africa-Jl. Wastukencana- Jl. LLRE Martadinata-finish in front of Gedung Sate which is the starting point too.
By continuing to put forward #SAFERUNNING and hydration points, Suhe wants all runners to avoid injury. Thus, a Hydration point has been provided and spread at several points in every 1.5 to 2.5 KM to ensure runners are well hydrated.
"We are very optimistic that the increasing number of participants in the Pocari Sweat Run Bandung will continue to prioritize safety and comfort for runners," he said.
Suhe also ensured that the entire readiness of the event was inseparable from the support of the West Java Provincial Government and the parties who participated in the preparation period until finally the event could be held.
West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said he hoped the organizers would hold a similar event in other regions in West Java. At the end of this year, the West Java Provincial Government plans to hold a long run in the Pangandaran beach area.
"The point is we appreciate it, we also request that the organization in Pangandaran be guided by this organizer. If this is the theme of the city, if Pangandaran is the theme of nature, "he said.
"Whatever activities that can increase value, or the image of West Java I support. Brand value can come from events, promotions, one of these events," he continued.
Emil - Ridwan Kamil - said that at the Pocari Sweat Bandung West Java Marathon 2018, he participated in the 5K category. Being a participant at such an event, he said, was very pleasant.
Emil encouraged the cultural elements to be more emphasized in the implementation of this year. That is important as a differentiation with other marathons throughout the world. "So that later people will miss the uniqueness of organization," he said.
In Emil's view, Bandung City is indeed very suitable as a location for the city run event. A unique colonial building presents its own atmosphere for runners. In addition, Emil asked the organizers to design medals with a typical Sundanese culture theme.