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Published on September 10, 2014

The magnificent Borobudur Temple in the Magelang Regency, Central java Province, will be surrounded by droves of runners who will converge from all over the globe on 16th November 2014, when the special running event: Borobudur International 10K takes place. The event is presented by the province of Central Java in collaboration with the Indonesian Athletic Association (PASI).

The Borobudur 10 K opens competition in three main categories, which are: the General Category (international professional athletes, national athletes, international and national runners), the Local Category (citizens of Central Java and Yogyakarta), and Students Category.

Aside from offering the opportunity to admire the impressive spectacle of the Borobudur Temple, the event also promises a total prize money of IDR800,000,000, besides other exciting prizes.

The Borobudur 10K has been held in 1990, 1992, 1993, and 1995, under the name of Bob Hasan 10K (refering to the successful businessman and Minister of Trade and Industry at the time, who initiated the event). Later the name was changed to Borobudur 10K and further held in 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2005. After 8 years of a long hiatus, in 2013 the Borobudur 10K was revived under the name of Borobudur International 10K, that continues this year. Last year, Borobudur International 10K 2013 managed to attract participations of 14,425 runners.

The magnificent Borobudur temple is the world’s biggest Buddhist monument, an ancient site widely considered to be one of the world’s seven wonders. Built in the 9th century during the reign of the Syailendra dynasty, the temple’s design in Gupta architecture reflects India’s influence on the region, yet there are enough indigenous scenes and elements incorporated to make Borobudur uniquely Indonesian. The temple sits majestically on a hilltop overlooking lush green fields and distant hills. It covers an enormous area, measuring 123 x 123 meters. The monument is a marvel of design, decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues.

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