The first and only ‘Elite’ Label Road Race event in Indonesia, Maybank Marathon, organized by PT Bank Maybank Indonesia Tbk (Maybank Indonesia), took place recently (Sunday, Aug 27 2023 at Bali Safari & Marine Park, Gianyar Bali from start to finish.
More than 13,600 runners from 50 countries enthusiastically participated in the 12th edition of the Maybank Marathon 2023.
The excitement among participants was palpable across the three categories, particularly during the flag-off moments.
The Marathon category was flagged-off at 04:30 AM (Central Indonesia Time Zone/WITA), followed by the Half Marathon at 05:30 AM WITA, and the 10K category at 06:00 AM WITA. Additionally, a flag-off was held for the wheelchair category at 06:15 AM WITA, participated by 50 wheelchair runners.
As midday approached, the organizing committee of Maybank Marathon 2023 announced the race winners and concluded the series of events for the ‘Elite’ label road race endorsed by World Athletics. Maybank Marathon 2023, aptly called the ‘feast’ for runners, presented a total prize pool of IDR 2.7 billion for 86 winners, including record-breakers.
In the Marathon Open Male category, Geoffrey Kiprotich Birgen from Kenya, bib number 10215, clinched victory with an outstanding record time of 02:15:04. Similarly, in the Marathon Open Female category, Sophy Jepchirchir, also from Kenya and bib number 22, secured first place with a remarkable record time
Furthermore, the Marathon National Male category was won by Nurshodiq, claiming victory with an impressive record time.
In contrast, Irma Handayani, triumphed in the Marathon National Female category, clocking in a noteworthy record time too.
Each of these first-place winners received cash prizes amounting to IDR 100,000,000.
Symbolically the prizes were handed over by President Director of Maybank Indonesia, Taswin Zakaria, to the Maybank Marathon 2023 winners.
Taswin, who actively participated in the Half Marathon category earlier that morning, expressed gratitude for the resounding success of the Maybank Marathon 2023 event. He extended his heartfelt appreciation to all stakeholders who contributed to the execution of the ‘Elite’ label road race, Maybank Marathon 2023.
“On this occasion, we congratulate all participants who have triumphed and earned rewards from this year’s ‘Elite’ label road race, the Maybank Marathon. We hope that these achievements inspire all running enthusiasts to strive for similar accomplishments in the future,” Taswin remarked.
Regarding the event’s conceptual and execution excellence, Taswin conveyed his positive impression of the enthusiasm displayed by thousands of participants who eagerly prepared themselves in the early morning hours to run on the distinctive running track of the Maybank Marathon 2023. Taswin emphasized that the Maybank Marathon is not only about the quantity of participants but also places paramount importance on the safety and comfort of the runners.
“On behalf of the entire Maybank Marathon 2023 organizing committee, we extend our gratitude to the participants for their disciplined participation and to the field staff, including the security teams, medical personnel, pacers, and marshals, who vigilantly supervised the entire route. Moreover, the engagement of the local community, consistently cheering on the runners throughout the Maybank Marathon 2023 route, created an even more exhilarating race atmosphere,” Taswin elaborated.