• Morgan Jaldon

The journey of run java island

I don't think I ever wrote in detail about my experience with Nike's #RunJavaIsland campaign. Exactly 7 years ago on June 6, 2014, I sent out this tweet (pictured) that changed my life forever.

This was during a time where I was working in San Francisco and running after work everyday with my dad. We'd run from Embarcadero to Hoppers Hands and back. I told my dad about this Nike campaign and he said I should go for it. He reminded me that I had nothing to lose! I'm glad I listened to him, because that tweeted earned me a spot to Indonesia.

Nike wanted to provide an opportunity for Nike+ runners to experience a sensational running experience in the open nature of the island of Java. The Java Island Run event itself took place from July 8-12, 2014 in Yogyakarta where all participants were given five runs during five days of the event. There was 21 participants from various countries such as Japan, South Korea, Mexico, United States, India, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Turkey and of course Indonesia. I was the only runner from the U.S., but I met so many wonderful people who I am still friends with today.

The first run of #RunJavaIsland was our Shake Out Run. All participants ran about 3.5 KM around the Gelora Bung Karno circle and finished inside the Senayan Main Stadium.

After that, participants went straight to Soekarno Hatta International Airport to fly to Yogyakarta. We were provided our own special counter for the Run Java Island event, own custom boarding passes and a private plane where we even did a workout up in the air!

Once we landed in Yogyakarta, we headed for Run Prambanan which we ran in the new Nike Free shoes.

Next, Nike prepared Run Borobudur. Here runners did a 7KM run from the hotel to Borobudur Temple and the participants can see the sunrise from the top of Borobudur Temple. We did this run in the Nike Lunarglide 6's.

Our next run was Run Imogiri . We ran 16km around Imogiri. I remember the route being challenging because it was on trail and really hot. Luckily, the residents around the route were encouraging us, and there were even some children who ran along with us too. The Imogiri Run ended with a pretty tough challenge, namely running up the 409 stairs at the Imogiri Tomb.

The highlight of the #RunJavaIsland was Run Merapi. All runners were provided with the Nike Zoom Terra Kiger and this was one of my first times ever running in trail shoes.. and first time running on technical trail! After finishing , runners had the opportunity to enjoy breakfast at one of the peaks of Merapi.

What Nike offered through this campaign was more than a runners dream. I made lifelong friends along this journey and took a trip of a lifetime. This was my first solo trip outside of the USA and it really got me out of my shell. I am forever grateful for this opportunity and for everyone I met during this time. A memory I will never forget!

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