Agus ‘Abah’ Hermawan is one of the pillars of the running community in Indonesia. We caught up with him to hear his epic inspiring running tales.
How would you introduce yourself to the running community?
Agus ‘Abah’ Hermawa:
Agus “Abah” Hermawan is not a running athlete. He's just a normal person with a great passion for running. His love for running can be seen in his dedication to grow his company's (Kompas Daily Morning) running community - Kompas-Gramedia Pelari(an) and also Run for Indonesia.
He is known by many as Abah - a nickname that refers him to as father amongst the young community of runners. He has commanded a lot of honour and respect through his love, passion and dedication to grow the running scene and foster a tight-knit running community in Indonesia.
He is also the pioneer of a number of running events in Indonesia - the prestigious Jakarta Ultra 100, the hardcore 200 miles Lintas Sumbawa and the Manglayang trail race set in cool-climate Bandung.
When did you first pick up running, at what age and what inspired you to do so?
Agus ‘Abah’ Hermawa:
I've been running since my college days but took a break when I entered the working world. 5 years ago, I began running again and completely remembered how much I used to love the sport. Running can be done anytime and by anyone. The best part about running is the running friends we meet from various circles.
What is your favourite running quote?
It's not how fast or far to run, but how happy you are running!
Your favourite running route?
Pondok Pemburu, Sentul just outside Jakarta! Sentul is not too far from Jakarta, and offers a pleasant trail route. The trail is moderately difficult but the scenery is great, makes your effort worthwhile!
Which is your dream race?
Tokyo Marathon and London Marathon. Still hoping to win a ballot in these 2 World Marathon Majors! Wish me luck guys!
Your preferred running brand?
New Balance for shoes, 2XU for compression, Garmin for my watch.
What do you think is the greatest reward you've gotten from running yet?
I’m a fit, happy man! I would like to think I have inspired many to live a healthy life by instilling the very same passion I have for running in them. I am really grateful to have found running and running is truly a gift from God!
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