The 2013 JakMar international marathon athletic event that will be held in Jakarta next month, Sunday (10/27), is assessed would be good for the development of athletic sport in the capital city, as well as to popularize Jakarta to the world. This is because many international media will come to Jakarta to cover the event.
Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said he instantly agreed the implementation of the 2013 JakMar when Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry offered Jakarta Provincial Government to become the host of it. Fund as much as Rp 10 million was disbursed by city government for the event implementation.
“This (2013 JakMar event) could popularize Jakarta in international world, because it will be covered by international as well as national media. For the funding, I think Rp 10 billion for (city) marketing is okay,” he stated, Monday (9/30).
One of the preparations done by Jakarta Provincial Government is repairing the roads passed by runners. But for the security measures during the implementation of the 2013 JakMar, the matter is handed fully to the police.
“I think the police are more detail in security measures. The most important thing is for us to be careful and alert. Regarding roads repair, we’ll check and speed up the repair right this afternoon. The damage is not much,” told Jokowi.
Meanwhile, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister, Mari Elka Pangestu, admitted that the 2013 JakMar has several advantages, which one of them is promoting the event’s host to international world. Moreover, Jakarta is currently has been included to tourism strategic area priority for its uniqueness with the existence of Kota Tua and Seribu Island.
“In Jakarta, we can go for marathon as well as shopping. Among renown shopping centers in Jakarta are Tanah Abang, Thamrin City, and Mangga Dua. There are more than 50 golf courses and also expensive restaurants as well as street foods. Jakarta has the combination of all ethnics, cultures, and historical tourism,” she uttered.
Tourism and Creative Economy Vice Minister, Sapta Nirwandar, who is also the 2013 JakMar Chief of Organizing Committee, added that prizes worth a total of Rp 2.5 billion has been prepared. Some of world’s elite runners have registered to join in the event. For now, 750 runners from 38 countries have registered.
“We hope the amount of participants would reach 1,000 runners,” he expressed.
For information, the 2013 JakMar is going to race five competitions. The route itself starts from Southwest Silang Monas – Jl. Budi Kemuliaan – Jl. Abdul Muis – Jl. Majapahit – Jl. Gajah Mada – Jl. Pintu Besar Selatan – Kota Tua – Jl. Hayam Wuruk – Jl. Juanda passing Jakarta Arts building – PT Pos Indonesia – Istiqlal and Cathedral – Jl. Veteran – Jl. Majapahit – Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat – Jl. MH Thamrin – HI Roundabout – Jl. Imam Bonjol – Jl. HR Rasuna Said – Jl. Gatot Subroto – Jl. Asia Afrika – Jl. Hang Tuah – Jl. Sisingamangaraja – Jl. Jenderal Sudirman – back to Jl. MH Thamrin – finish at Southwest Silang Monas.