Fantastic experience, great support (about: 2012)|
N. A. from Singapore (5/14/12)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 BII-Maybank Bali Marathon
I have run over 30 marathons and this ranks as one of the best. The support from enthusiastic schoolchildren and cheering villagers was amazing, with gamelan orchestras playing and even girls scattering flower petals on the road in front of us at one point! The start point is at the Bali Safari Park, a good place to stay if you want to avoid an early morning bus transfer. The first 10km of the full marathon are along the main road towards Sanur - a dual carriageway with one side closed to traffic for the runners - and after that, the route leads off through villages & rice fields and past temples. 2012 was the first year for this race so some organisational hiccups were to be expected; however, only one of the aid stations was lacking water and I know the organisers will resolve this next year, as they are keen runners who also arrange races in Jakarta so they know what is needed for a good race. Highly recommended.