Aficionados of long-distance running who want to challenge themselves before a beach holiday in Indonesia can look ahead to next year’s event.
Close to 10,000 runners from 50 countries recently converged on Bali for the Maybank Marathon 2022, which took place on August 28 on a scenic course through the island’s Gianyar Regency. The Maybank Marathon Bali has held the “Elite Label” certification from World Athletics (formerly the International Association of Athletics Federations) since 2020, making it the only road race in Indonesia to wear that badge of recognition as a world-class marathon event. Organizers said participation numbers were on par with those of previous events held before the Covid-19 pandemic.
As in all prior editions, the start and finish lines were at Bali Safari & Marine Park, though the latest event saw a return to the classic route last used in 2016. Participants raced down village roads as spectators cheered them on, and enjoyed glimpses of local culture thanks to live gamelan music and troupes of Balinese dancers decked out in traditional costume. Those choosing to run the full marathon were treated to idyllic views of the paddy fields and jungled ravines in the Gianyar countryside.
The 2022 event also marked a decade since the founding of the Maybank Marathon Bali, which was first launched in 2012 with three race categories: full marathon (42.195 km), half marathon (21.0975 km), and 10K. This year, 10 elite marathon runners from around the world competed in the event, as did nine of Indonesia’s top-ranked marathon athletes at the national level.
Completing the full course in an impressive 2:15:38, Hassan Toriss from Morocco was crowned the champion of the Marathon Open Male category. Meanwhile, Immaculate Chemutai from Uganda dominated the Marathon Open Female category with her recorded finish time of 2:42:32. Toriss and Chemutai each received a cash prize of Rp 200,000,000 (approx. US$13,440).
As for Indonesian runners, Rikki Marthin Luther Simbolon claimed the title in the Marathon National Male category with a recorded finish time of 2:34:49, while Odekta Elvina Naibaho finished in 2:55:45, topping the podium in the Marathon National Female category. Both were awarded Rp 125,000,000 (US$8,400) in prize money.
Tentative dates for next year’s Maybank Marathon Bali will be released in due course.