On Saturday, 13 August 2016 the wondrous highlands of Tana Toraja, north of Makassar, capital of the province of South Sulawesi will come alive as the Toraja Marathon 2016 gets underway, when hundreds of runners compete not just to be the fastest distance runner but, more so to emerge as champion over a most challenging terrain.
If until today Toraja is better known for its unique funeral ceremonies and tombs high up the cliffs, Toraja now wants to show another face of this fascinating destination which possesses extensive terrain for sports featuring horizons of green hills and steep cliffs, expanse of rice terraces and valleys cut by rushing rivers and plains studded with welcoming villages, and inviting coffee plantations where the Toraja Coffee, - one of the tastiest coffee in the world - is grown.
The Toraja Marathon is divided into the following categories, namely for 5K, 10K, the half marathon (23K) and the full marathon (at 42 K), combining road running with semi trail through cities and quaint Toraja villages. Along the route people will cheer runners on, and there will be music and cultural performances from each region along the track.
The Coordinating Committee of the Toraja Marathon which comprises officials of Tana Toraja and North Toraja, works jointly with Exotica Toraja as Event Organizer and the Running Explorer as Race Organizers. The Committee looks forward to participation of 1,000 runners.
Registration can be made online which has been opened since 20 March 2016 at www.torajamarathon.com. For runners and supports additional information is also provided as to what other attractions to take while you are in Toraja.
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