"The holding of the MGR is a means of promotion for geopark destinations in W Sumatra as well as a road to UGG next year," said Deputy of Marketing Development I at the Ministry of Tourism, Rizki Handayani in Jakarta on Monday.
Rizki Handayani was accompanied by Regent of Agam Indra Catri, Chair of MGR 2019 YV Tri Saputra, and tourism official of W Sumatra Province explained that MGR sport tourism became a means to create "awareness" among academics, business people, government, communities, and the media (pentahelix) in realizing geopark in W Sumatra to become UGG.
"The role of the district government is very large in realizing the W Sumatra geopark to become the UGG," Rizki Handayani said.
Meanwhile, Agam Regent, Indra Catri hopes that the running competition that is packaged in Minang Geopark Run can run sustainably.
"This running event must always develop. If there are currently 6 Regencies / Cities that support MGR 2019, in the implementation next year it is expected to increase to 12 city districts in W Sumatra, "Indra Catri said.
Chair of MGR 2019, YV Tri Saputra explained the series of MGR 2019 events consisted of attack geopark, explore geopark, digital activitation, culinary festival, digital promotion, field trip, and run charity.
"Attack Geopark is one of the latest innovations in MGR this year," Tri Saputra said.
While for Lubuk Basung, 3 runners took place, Istana Pagaruyuang Start was taken by 3 runners, and the Start of Kelok Sambilan was taken by 4 runners, each of which starting point will finish at the Ngarai Sianok.
The participants mostly came from running community and one team there are 10 participants where there must be 1 female runner in the team.
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Translated by: Mutiara RamAadhani - Internship Student from ANTARA 2019