The 68th anniversary of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) this year brings with it many unique and interesting events for the people of Yogyakarta. One of those events is the night fun run or its Javanese title, Mlayu Bengi (Mlangi).
Mlangi was done on Sunday (26/11) as part of the series of arts and cultural events to promote the Indonesian culture to the society, particularly UGM as the university of culture to academic community.
“This is a new event done at UGM, which is part of the UGM anniversary events,” said Alifatni Putri, committee chairperson of the cultural events.
Before the fun run, participants were asked to stick a "make a wish" sticker onto a batik, which was to express their hopes for the future of their culture. The participants made a 5 km distance run around UGM compound.
There were 782 runners who were mostly UGM students, also members of community. The average run was made in 45 minutes, with the fastest in just 19 minutes. Speed was not the goal of this run, but it was expected to be a relaxing and fun event.
“There are medals and merchandise prizes for the first, second, and third winners as well as vouchers for Top 100 competitors,’ said Alifatni.
The Mlangi event that kicked off at 19.00 hours was opened by UGM Executive Secretary, Gugup Kismono. He hoped the participants would be able to finish the fun run and enjoy the whole events of the anniversary.
Other incoming events are GAMAFAIR, Creativity and Skills competition, traditional competition, traditional arts festival, band and poetry parade, I Love Indonesia competition, choir competition, Gadjah Mada concert, a dialogue, seminars and Gadjah Mada Students Awards.