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15,000 Runners expected at Bali 10K on August 12, 2007

Government Promises to Make Bali Event a Major Event on World's Running Calendar.

(5/12/2007) As part of Bali's celebration of its founding 49 years ago, the Bali 10K Race will be held on August 12, 2007 with an estimated 10 15,000 runners expected to participate.

Gede Nurjaya, the Chief of the Bali Tourism Authority told the Indonesian language BisnisBali, "we intend to restore the Bali 10K as a yearly event for the province." While admitting that this year's event is limited by a lack of supporting funds, Nurjaya said each year's successive event will be better funded with an increasing number of world class runners expected to attend each year the event is held.

Citing marathons as a sport requiring little funds and open to every level of society, Nurjaya pointed to the success of similar city marathons held around the world each year.

Before its disappearance, the Bali 10k race supported by Indonesian businessman Bob Hasan was held in Bali between 1987-1989 where, with a top prize of US$10,000, it managed to attract 10-15,000 participants each year. That event was eventually moved to Central Java and Jakarta before its disappearance in the mid-1990s.