The participants were indulged with the scenery of Mount Merapi while passing several villages where they could enjoy local wisdom, traditions, and arts performances displayed by local communities.
To highlight the race, a bazaar was organized by presenting various traditional culinary delights from the communities around Mount Merapi area.
Sleman District Head Sri Purnomo flagged off the marathon race at the start line, while it was drizzle in the morning.
Mount Merapi, located in the border of Central Java and Yogyakarta, rises to 2,911 metres and has steep slopes with dense vegetation on its lower flanks. It is the most active of Indonesia’s 130 active volcanoes.
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