Every year, since 2013, over 1600 runners and 5,000 spectators from over 40 different countries swarmed to the tiny, isolated mountain village of Tosari and Ngadiwono to take part in the first annual Bromo Marathon – racing for the advancement of education in rural Indonesia’s Tengger region.
Tucked in a massif of rugged mountains in East Java, the Tengger highlands are located about 50km east of Malang and 100km southeast of Surabaya. Temperatures typically settle around 21 degrees Celsius (70 F) with a crisp mountain air much unlike Indonesia’s heated lowlands.
Long ago, the super volcano Mt. Tengger embodied the center of this region, boasting a diameter of over 9 kilometers. Today what remains is a large volcanic crater, the Tengger Caldera, and within it five small mountain peaks. Surrounding the peaks, a sea of sand stretches throughout the basin, leading up to green crater walls rising up to 600 meters for spectacular views of the surrounding area.
Mt. Bromo can be found in the center of the crater, its peak long since torn away in a large eruption. A steaming crater hole, it remains active, and is one of East Java’s most visited sites as well as one of Indonesia’s most treasured natural wonders.
The Bromo Marathon, a race circling the villages surrounding the ancient Tengger Caldera not only offers breathtaking views of unique landscapes but also offers the opportunity to observe one of Indonesian’s most unique cultures, the Tenggerese. Strung throughout the mountains within a collection of villages scattering the hills, the Tengger people present several unique communities descendant of the Hindu Majapahit Kingdom.
Bromo Marathon 10K covers a distance of 10 Kilometers. Starting from the Teras Bromo, Ngadiwono , jogger circled several villages around the Tengger, and finish back in Teras Bromo. This route runner drown into beautiful scenery, tranquil temples, and the Tengger community unique and friendly along the way, when met not infrequently of them will give encouragement or just to greet the runners.
This service also provides the diversity of the region with half the route on paved roads, and half of the land. Combining a few hills along the way, altitude varies from 1500m to 1881m.
Departing from Tosari, runners start on the first stretch of paved road and will directly challenge the track downhill mountain. out of the village lemah mendek and Banyu Meneng the runners entered the small village with serenity in Senogiri, here they will traverse a steep road, down to the village towards Jetak then, a typical village perched with diverse customs.
Through the winding roads and back to Tosari, the runners will pass through the Kertoanom village , a U-turn and then back to wanapala village. Before entering the finish line runner will pass beautiful dirt road and uphill road with beautiful scenery..
Bromo Half Marathon course covers a distance of 21.097 Kilometers, starting and ending at the Teras bromo,Ngadiwono. This course immerses runners in the beautiful scenery, tranquil temples, and the unique community of Tengger along the way.
This course also provides the diversity of the region with half the route on paved roads, and half of the dirt trail. Combining several hills around the run, altitude varies from 1767m to 2469m.
Departing from Teras Bromo, runners start the first stretch of the race off-road, along the beautiful hills of Tengger to the small village where Ngadiwono meet these paved roads. Here they continue through the greenery of the hill to the village Ngawu. After turning runners will continue to see where lies another beautiful Hindu temple.
Moving from Ngawu, rising gradually starts, winding through the packed dirt road by the forest. Emerging from the forest, thinning way to the edge of the caldera offering extensive views of the surrounding landscape as they venture through the top side of the park. Runners continue along the edges to Dinglik Viewpoint where they meet again paved road as the course rose to a spectacular view of the absolute Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. Making their way down from Dinglik, runners follow the paved roads are winding and before reaching the finish, runners will pass through a traditional market which is certainly typical perch as the economic center of the citizens, after the runners entered the finish mark has a distance of 21 097 km.
Full Marathon covers a distance of 42.195 Kilometers.
Begins and ends in the village Tosari Tengger, runners will rotate in several villages along the Tengger mountains, immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery, quiet temples and unique Tengger people along the way.
This service also provides a diversity of trails in the area with half the route on paved roads, and a half-track mountain trail. Combining several hills along the track and the altitude varies from 1400m to 2400m.
Departing from the starting point in the village Tosari, adventure runners to conquer the track at Bromo marathon began. The first track is going through the asphalt road which will pass through the village down to the region settlement Tosari small Tengger people and then entered in the Jetak-Sunogiri and where the runners will meet with the typical steep mountainous dirt road,
after struggling with the terrain trail runners will enter Banyumeneng the village to treat agricultural land Tengger community. They then proceeded to the village Ngadiwono and re-entered the paved road on the slopes of the mountain with views of the vast landscape and continue to the village Mororejo, rotating in the village and the entrance to the village Mororejo Ngawu.
Moving from Ngawu, rising gradually starts, winding through a dirt road in the forest. out of the woods, the road to the edge of the caldera offering extensive views of the surrounding landscape as they ran through the top side of the park. Runners continue along the edges to Dinglik Viewpoint where they meet again paved the way for the course up to the spectacular view of the absolute Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. Making their way down from Dinglik, runners follow the paved roads winding along the side of the hills to Wonokitri and returned to the village Tosari to end the race, they will finish the track for a total distance of 42.195 km.