Bintan Resorts, 10 March 2020 – The much-awaited launch of the Mandiri Bintan Marathon 2020 (MBM 2020) was held on 10 March 2020 at Lagoi Bay, Bintan. This event, the third in the series, will be held on 4 & 5 July 2020 at the scenic Lagoi Bay in Bintan. MBM 2020 boasts of new pollution-free run routes where participants can enjoy picturesque waterfronts, pristine beaches and nature reserves unlike run routes elsewhere in Indonesia and Singapore. The two-day event also promises to be a grand family outing with the runs, food bazaars and wholesome entertainment as the week also coincides with the Indonesian school holidays. Bintan Resorts together with Medianusa Permana and Orange Room who are the event owners have decided to go ahead with the planned race in their sports calendar. However, they are mindful of the current Covid 19 situation and are monitoring it very closely. Abdul Wahab, the General Manager of Bintan Resort Cakrawala. (PT BRC) highlighted that all parties agreed that we should go ahead with life and the event and not let Covid 19 dampen our spirits. However, he emphasized that all precautions are already in place in Bintan Resorts since the start of the virus and will be continued to ensure the safety and good health of all participants, supporters and visitors alike.
Among the highlights in this year’s event include a 1.2 km run for kids and a 3 km run for all new runners. This is in line with Mandiri Bank and the event organizers’ shared vision of encouraging running for all and from a young age. Mandiri Bank is the Title Sponsor for the second year running and registration is free for the kids’ race. The organizers are also making it an inclusive race having encouraged some disabled persons’ participation in these two events. These two fun runs will be held on Saturday, 4 July 2020. On Sunday, 5 July will see the routine Full Marathon (42,195 km), Half Marathon (21 km) and the 10 km runs be staged.
The event organizers are targeting about 5, 000 participants in all for this event, with about 70% of locals and the rest from nearby countries. Together with family members and supporters, there would be about 10,000 people over the two days in Lagoi Bay.
During the launch on 10 March, the organizers will also unveil the participants’ entitlements for this year’s event. They are based on the island of Bintan and the Malay culture which is predominantly part of Riau Island culture and traditions.
The running tee depicts the identity of the beautiful island of Bintan in Riau, characterized by the swaying coconut trees and the classic blue colour is inspired by the colour of the sea and its beautiful beaches.
The motive on the medal is the ‘Lancang Kuning’ boat, a Malay’s traditional type of boat. The word “lancang” is derived from the word “kencang” which means fast and kuning is the yellow colour. Lancang Kuning boats were used by the Malay kings as their war vessels and these vessels symbolize greatness, glory, power, and heroism of the Malay rulers.
Some running communities from our neighbour island of Batam have been invited to be directly involved in the launch. This will give them an opportunity to see the race route and meet up with the event’s KOLs such as Jauhari Johan; an Indonesian runner who has achieved success at both national and international competitions and won a gold medal at the SEA Games 2019. Apart from that, there will be the husband and wife team of Arthur Tong and Elaine Young from Elevated Performance Coaching. Arthur is a Singapore-based coach with over a decade of experience training soldiers in the Singapore Armed Forces as well as triathletes from the Singapore Triathlon community.
The Mandiri Bintan Marathon Organising Committee has also prepared a variety of food, fun and entertainment programs on these two days apart from the main marathon events to encourage participants and visitors alike to partake in.
For more information please visit www.bintanmarathon.com