Thousands of runners participated in the 2023 KBP City Run event, on Saturday, 2 September 2023 in Kota Baru Parahyangan. The event started at 4 pm and was lively. The runners looked very enthusiastic, running while enjoying the beauty of the sunset and the atmosphere of running in the middle of the nature of Ko ta Baru Parahyangan which offers beautiful views of mountains, lakes, and golf fields. The KBP City Run 2023 activity was divided into several categories, such as the 10K, 5K and KBP Speedy Kids running categories which are intended for children.
"All of these categories are designed to accommodate participants from various age groups with the aim of involving many groups in an inclusive manner. In more than two decades of development, KBP has undergone a transformation into an independent city with an education orientation that is increasingly independent, civilized, and natural. This success is reflected in the completeness of city facilities, inclusive population growth, and of course, the beauty of nature which has produced healthy and comfortable green open spaces. I feel that this is the right moment for us to significantly contribute to encouraging people to live a healthy lifestyle," said the Director of Kota Baru Parahyangan, Ryan Basali at the event.
Speeches of support and thanks were opened and delivered by Hengky Kurniawan as Regent of West Bandung Regency and Ryan Brasali, Director of Kota Baru Parahyangan. Among the 2,500 adult runners getting ready. The presence and participation of these two people seemed to open a door of unstoppable enthusiasm that wanted to be released immediately, running together on the track known as the KBP Loop by the runner community from Bandung and its surroundings. When the flag off was raised, accompanied by the thump of confetti, all the runners officially started the KBP City Run 2023.
"Apart from that, this competition is also expected to strengthen the bond between KBP and its stakeholders, as well as of course the wider community. This competition is not only attended by Indonesian citizens, but also foreign citizens both immigrants and those living at KBP, including runners, professionals and expatriates," he said.
He said KBP's management carries three main pillars in its concept, namely culture, history, and education.
"Hopefully this Highway Running Competition will also be a concrete manifestation of the spirit of the three pillars which will also support the community's healthy and productive lifestyle. Through this competition participants are invited to feel togetherness and a positive spirit of competition," he said. He also emphasized that to continue KBP's seriousness as the owner of this race, a total prize of IDR 270 million was provided for participants who managed to achieve podium rankings 1 to 5 in each category. It is very likely that the KBP City Run event will be held again next year with a more lively concept.