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Bromo Marathon, East Java

bromoThe magnificent Mount Bromo in East Java will be swarming with runners as the first ever Bromo Marathon 2013 gets underway on 1st September 2013.

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 Tenggerese culture in East Java where Hindu descendents of Java’s ancient Majapahit rulers have retained both their religion and culture. The Full Marathon will start off at 5:30 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 the villages surrounding the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park and along the Tengger caldera. Leaving Wonokitri, runners will get off the paved road running through the village of Podokoyo where the race again returns to paved highways. The course continues to the village of Ngawu – location of an ancient Hindu temple.

From Ngawu the course climbs a winding path on dirt trails leading to the caldera rim overlooking the memorable moonscapes 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 Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. It’s all downhill for the final stretch back to Wonokitri on a total marathon course of 42,195 kilometers.

As the first of what is projected to be an annual event, this year, the event focuses on the importance of quality education, with all proceeds of the Bromo Marathon going to the support of local schools through the development and advancement of school library facilities in the surrounding low-resource communities.

To reach Mt. Bromo, take a flight to Surabaya, capital of East Java. There are also flights to the town of Malang from Jakarta, nearest town to Mt. Bromo.

For more information and registration, please visit the event’s official website:

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