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Historic Cross-Border Running Event brings participants from Indonesia to Timor-Leste

Historic Cross-Border Running Event brings participants from Indonesia to Timor-Leste

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DILI, 06 july 2024 (TATOLI) – Hundreds of runners from Indonesia and Timor-Leste gathered at the International Border Crossing Post (PLBN)​ Wini on saturday (6/07) since early morning. For the first time in the history of bilateral relations between Indonesia and Timor-Leste, the Historic Cross-Border Run was held.

The Historic Cross-Border Run event, which is part of a series of events organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia (KBRI) in Dili, brought participants to run across the national border. The runners started from PLBN Wini, Indonesia, and finished at Pelabuhan Mahata, Oecusse, Timor-Leste. The distance between these two places is approximately 12 km. This event, supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, successfully attracted the interest of communities in both border areas and other regions to participate in this historic event, with a total of over 550 runners participating.

The flag-off for the Historic Cross-Border Run started at 06:00 WITA, jointly conducted by the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Timor-Leste, the Director of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, and the President of the Oecusse-Ambeno Regional Authority, Timor-Leste. Athletes from the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and Jakarta, as well as Timor-Leste, began running when the flag was waved.

The Historic Cross-Border Run was organized to promote tourism and the economy, especially in border areas, and to strengthen cooperation and friendship between Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Unlike running events usually held in major cities, Wini and Oecusse were chosen for their scenic coastal views and mountain landscapes that delighted the participants’ eyes. Thus, the Historic Cross-Border Run provided a fresh and unique adventure experience for the participants. In fact, some runners were seen pausing along the route to take selfies to capture the moment and the scenery.

The Historic Cross-Border Run featured two race categories: for male and female runners, competing for a total prize of USD 3,500. This event received support from Indonesian state-owned enterprises (BUMN) in Timor-Leste, such as PT. Bank Rakyat Indonesia, Pertamina International, PT Waskitha, Haka, Wika, and Telekomunikasi Indonesia International. Private Indonesian companies also supported the event, including Tractorindo, Wartsila, Skalanet, and others.

In the Women’s Category, the Historic Cross-Border Run was won by Irma Handayani (Indonesian citizen, 45.57 minutes), Afriana Paijo (Indonesian citizen, 48.02 minutes), and Nelia Martins (Timor-Leste citizen, 50.29 minutes). Meanwhile, in the Men’s Category, the winners were Joanito Fernandes (Timor-Leste citizen, 38.42 minutes), Victorino Martins Da Costa (Timor-Leste citizen, 38.45 minutes), and Marselino Vareluan Fallo (Indonesian citizen, 38.48 minutes).

As a closing event, KBRI Dili also organized a Cultural Showcase of Friendship at Palaban Field, Oecusse, on Saturday night (6/07). The event was enlivened by popular East Indonesian artists among the youth of Timor-Leste, namely Tasya Mardisa and Wizz Baker.

 

TATOLI
Source: Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Dili

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