The 2024 BTN Jakarta International Marathon brought together over 15,000 runners from around the world.

The Excitement of the BTN Jakarta International Marathon 2024

The lively atmosphere of the 2024 BTN Jakarta International Marathon once again echoed throughout the capital city. This prestigious event was joined by around 15,000 runners from both inside and outside the country, making it the largest running event in Indonesia.

Kenyan Runners at the Forefront

One of the main attractions of the 2024 Jakarta International Marathon was the presence of elite runners from Kenya. Sheila Jepkosgei Chesang managed to grab the top spot in the women’s category. She outperformed other runners such as Careen Cheptoek (Mwetiach), Shauline Chepkirui Koech, Eunice Nyawira Muchiri, and Hellen Nzembi Musyoka².

An intense and captivating competition took place in the men’s category. Kenyan runners were dominant, proving their athletic prowess in the international event. However, local runners also showed impressive performances, competing fiercely to claim the best positions.

The Vibrant Betawi Culture along the Route

In addition to the impressive performances of the runners, participants were also treated to the liveliness of Betawi culture along the route. Ondel-ondel (traditional Betawi puppets) and various Betawi art performances added to the excitement as the runners made their way through the city streets¹.

The enthusiasm was not only seen from the runners, but also from the spectators lining the streets. They clapped, cheered, and encouraged the runners passing by. A festive atmosphere was palpable throughout the course.

The Lively Pre-Launch Event

Prior to the main event, the organizers held a pre-launch event for the 2024 BTN Jakarta International Marathon. This activity was held at the peak of BTN’s 74th anniversary celebrations at the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) complex in Senayan, Jakarta⁴.

The event was filled with various interesting entertainments, such as musical performances, traditional dances, and sports attractions. The runners even had the opportunity to try out a mini track and feel the spirit of running at the main venue. The enthusiasm of the participants was clearly evident as they entered the pre-launch area, indicating how eagerly awaited this prestigious sporting event was.

Successfully Uniting the Spirit of Sports and Culture

The combination of sports attractions, cultural entertainment, and a spirit of togetherness made the 2024 BTN Jakarta International Marathon an unforgettable experience for all participants. The runners not only tested their physical abilities, but also felt the vibrant Betawi cultural atmosphere.

The success of this event could not be separated from the coordination and hard work of the organizing committee. They were able to package the Jakarta International Marathon into a prestigious sporting event that was also rich in local nuances. This was certainly a special attraction for participants, both from within and outside the country.

With the success of the 2024 Jakarta International Marathon, Indonesia is increasingly showing the world that this country not only has natural beauty, but also a wealth of culture that is worth being proud of. This prestigious sporting event has become a platform to introduce the richness of Betawi culture to the global community.

The series of events for the 2024 Jakarta International Marathon has ended, but the spirit and enthusiasm of the participants still linger. They eagerly await the next edition in 2025. For more information, you can visit the official website JAKIM.


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