Your guide to running in Jakarta
Little-known fact: Jakarta is actually a running-friendly city. For a healthy (and totally free) way of exploring the city, check out our guide to Jakarta’s best running routes. Best part – so long, 2 hour traffic jams!
On Your Marks
To avoid the heat and hustle and bustle of the streets, get out early. We recommend a 6.30am start.
Alternatively, take to the streets of Sudirman and run with the crowd at car-free day every Sunday (till 11am). You can run from one end of Sudirman to the other. Start really early, otherwise you’ll find yourself weaving through serious cyclists, rollerbladers, and marching groups.
Ragunan Zoo is open till 8am for a shaded run. It has a great 5K route but it can be challenging with its up and down slopes. We say it’s a great way to see the animals minus the crowd.
Ragunan Zoo, Jl. Harsono RM, No. 1 Ragunan, p. +62 21 789 0615 or +62 21 780 6975
If you’re happy to run in circles then Bung Karno Stadium is perfect. There’s just something about the cool air and birds chirping at 6 in the morning. One round is approximately 800 meters as long as you run on the outer part of the stadium. We absolutely love the community here, from the young and old power walking, biking, performing tai chi, as well as Indostyle aerobics (you have to see it to really understand what we mean!).
Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex, Senayan, Central Jakarta.
It doesn’t cost much to run. Top on the list is a good pair of running shoes. Do your own research on the best shoe for you before you start shopping. Jakarta’s malls have faves like Nike, Adidas, Puma, and Reebok. If you’re familiar with brands and sizes, venture no further than your home computer. Buy online at Planet Sports or Sports Station.
Bring along some money to buy a bottle of water at one of the numerous warungs (little shops) along your route.
A pumping playlist can give you some much-needed motivation to get you through a run. However, for your own safety, make sure you can still hear what’s going on around you.
Wear a smile. A smile around Jakarta goes a long way especially when you’re running through the kampung areas. Residents will pop out to have a look and the street kids will have a bit of a giggle and give you a wave.
Eyes Wide Open
Keep a close eye on the ground, as Jakarta is infamous for potholes, puddles, and motorbikes on pavements.
Make Some Friends Along The Way
More and more Jakartans are taking to the streets with the running bug. Join a running community to keep you motivated and make friends that share the same love for running.
The largest running community in Indonesia, Indo Runners welcomes runners of all levels and from all walks of life. They organise fun and festive running events throughout the year for members.
Jakarta Free Spirit is another great road running club with a focus on social fitness running, competitive training, racing, and hosts several races throughout the year. Join them on a run in Ragunan every Saturday for runners of all abilities. Sunday runs cover anywhere between 16 to 25K and are for more serious runners.
Practice Makes Perfect
You’ve trained hard. Now’s the time to join in the running races Jakarta has to offer.
Get a good workout while supporting The Indonesian Cancer Foundation at Jakarta Race against Cancer Everyone. Run, walk, jog, rollerblade, or wheelchair the 5 or 10K route. Mark your calendars for Sunday 6th October 2013.
Run The Jakarta Marathon on October 27, 2013 with elite runners from around the world. There’s a race for everybody; full marathon, half-marathon, 10K, 5K, wheelchair, and children’s sprint.
We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to let us know of any upcoming races in Jakarta or tell us about your running community.