Organizers of the annual BII Maybank Bali Marathon plan to limit the number of participants this year after the huge rise in attendance since the inaugural race in 2012.
“In the first year of the event, we had 2,000 runners from 43 countries taking part in the event,” BII president director Taswin Zakaria said at a press conference in Jakarta on Thursday.
“The second year  we had more than 3,000 participants from 46 countries, and last year, we had more than 4,000 participants.
“So this year, we’ve decided to put a limit on the number of participants,” he said.
“We expect to see maximum of 5,000 runners only. We’ve learned this is the ideal number to maintain the event’s quality and participants’ comfort. It will be first come, first served.”
The race will be held in its usual location of the streets of Bali’s Gianyar district, and this year will be run on Aug. 30.
Entry fees will be announced ahead of the registration, which opens on April 18.
Of the total quota of 5,000 places, 1,500 will be allocated for the 10K event of the marathon, usually popular with Indonesian runners.
The latter will also have more incentive to participate, with the prize money for Indonesian runners set to increase, while the prize money for foreign participants will remain the same as last year.
Kenyans Kennedy Kiproo Lilan and Elizabeth Jeruiyot Chemwen took the top prize of $17,500 each in the men’s and women’s categories of the full marathon last year.
There will also be the same corporate social responsibility programs held on the sidelines of the marathon this year.
“The program is aimed to help develop communities in Bali, most importantly to improve local people’s health and education in Gianyar as the host city,” Taswin said.
“This has been our signature program and the company’s obligation since the event was first staged there. I hope we see good feedback for BII through this.”
Representatives of local running communities expressed their excitement over the upcoming event.
Benny from Run for Indonesia has participated in the Bali marathon since its first running in 2012, saying he was pumped and ready for his fourth run.
“This is an event that I must take part in,” he said.
“It’s a major party for Indonesian runners. The warm welcome from the locals in Bali and the well-organized event are the reasons why I keep coming back. This time will be different for me because I’ll bring along a few virgin runners who are also my colleagues. I’ve been sharing exciting experiences with them during our preparation,” he said.