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Page 24 • MICEBTN - augusT-oCToBEr - 2016 BAli, iNdONESiA BAli, iNdONESiA THE BANDHA - MICE BTN.indd 1 9/10/16 2:48 PM Record numbers for Bali Marathon THIS year’s Maybank Bali Marathon attracted a record 5300 runners. Par- ticipation could have been even higher but the organisers were forced to limit numbers. The marathon www.balimarathon. com has become one of Bali’s major annual events, attracting both elite in- ternational runners and thousands who are just as enthusiastic but competing for personal challenge. It is not just for foreigners, either – the event is well patronised by Baliinese and Indonesians from other parts of the country. Many of the visitors bring partners or family and the organisers en- courage touring and other activities. Booths set up in the area where run- ners confirm registration and pick up their numbers and packs included Bali tourist operators. Bali Safari & Marine Park www. balisafarimarinepark.com was one of the platinum sponsors while Starwood Hotels & Resorts www.starwoodhotels. com was gold sponsor. Several Bali hotels were actively involved with the event. Bali Marathon began in 2012 with around 2000 runners, increasing to 3000 in 2013 and 4500 in 2015 before hitting this year’s record. The 2016 program included not only the 42.2km full marathon but also a 21.1km half marathon and 10km fun run.