MILO Indonesia Virtual Run 2020 has extended its registration and submission periods in order to welcome more runners, the organizers have said.

The registration period for the virtual running event has been extended to Sept. 30, while runners are permitted to submit their running times until Oct. 3.

The event, which allows participants to run in their respective regions and submit their times to the organizers for the leaderboards, is being held to mark National Sports Day this year.

There are two categories of races, with the 10-kilometer individual run and 3-km family run. 

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“The virtual run is aimed at providing a solution for runners to stay active while upholding the health protocols […] We’re extending the registration and running periods to Sept. 30 and Oct. 3 respectively in order to welcome more runners in the event,” Mirna Tri Handayani, the business executive officer of PT Nestlé Indonesia’s beverages unit, said in a statement on Tuesday.

Fauzan, a running coach and 2018 Asian Games competition director, encouraged more people to run as the sport offered more than just physical activity.

“Apart from activating our energy as well as strengthening heart and leg muscles, running also plays an important role in stress management and improving the immune system,” Fauzan said.

The coach reminded runners to properly warm up prior to running to avoid injury and to cool down afterward to help ease muscle fatigue.