Benny is in action again! Never got enough or tired running 10 kilometers!! This time is 2nd GARUDA BALI MARTHON 2009, at Nusa Dua, Bali. Sunday was supposed to be my ‘pause’ day, but here we are : woke up at 4am, left the house at 5, and the run started at 06.05am.
This year’s marathon event was held on 18 October 2009, Sunday, 6:00 A.M. at Nusa Dua, Bali , Indonesia with GARUDA INDONESIA as its Official Event Presentor, and offers Half Marathon (21.0975KM), 10K and 5K with several categories. The Organizing Committee has planned it to become an annual marathon event with the aim of offering full 42KM Marathon (can you do that, Bart?!) by next year and reverting to its original schedule of every 3rd Sunday of October for its succeeding stages starting 2009. The Organizers have also applied for recognition with the Association of International Marathons (AIMS) with the view of becoming a distinguished annual marathon event at par with other international marathon events in the Asia-Pacific Region ( source : http://www.garudabalimarathon.com/event ).
At first Benny thought he could do the 21K Half Marathon (they called it HALF Bart!), but I tried so hard to convince him that it’s a little bit insane, as I didn’t want to be the one who has to call the ambulance for him..LOL . Seriously, 10Km is long enough for me to wait for him at the Finish Point. Not too mention : same scene every 10K, I had to see older women, kids who got to Finish point longgg… before Bart arrives. Sorry, Bart, but you really need to improve your ‘Bali record’.
He did mention once : “I will retire from 10K this year“…but having felt the excitement of participating this international sport event (and waking up early morning, and the tired & cramp muscles, knee feels like dislocated from its place..!), he took back what he said….”No, I will keep on running, till my legs sore, till I can’t run anymore, till I beat all those kenyans“. Go, Bart, go!!
Another interesting scene from the competition, I noticed many overseas participants, and many of them joined the Half Marathon 21K!!! By the time we were on the way back home, there were still some runners on By Pass Nusa Dua street, looking exhausted as the Finish Point was still 3Km away…
And there are always interesting photography scenes on every running competition like this. Here are some best & fun pics of the day. Enjoy!!!