This is a huge park with a big monument in the suburb of Renon which is where many of the Consulates are in Bali. It’s about a 5 minute drive from my house in Sanur.
I went to Renon Square to find a group of runners called Indorunners. I was really keen to run with them because I have been running on my own and it gets a bit lonely. When we arrived I was amazed at how many people were already there exercising in the park. There must have been about 4,000. There were lots of families, kids on bikes, couples, friends out together, old and young. People walking their pets, even 1 man walking his ferret on a lead. And I even saw the ex President of Indonesia SBY who was there to do the exercise class. It was the biggest exercise class I have ever seen, I think there must have been about 2000 people in it.
There was so much energy there that I really wanted to join everyone and start running straight away. But first I tried to find the Indorunners. In the end I couldn’t so I did 2 laps of the park on my own. As I was running I ran past a big group of men who were sharpening their curved knives. They looked like they were part of a club but I cannot imagine what they might have been doing. Maybe some sort of local fighting. I’ll have to find out next time we go.
Mum and dad walked around the park and really enjoyed it. Mum said lots of people chatted to her as they walked around. And dad literally bumped into SBY in the crowd.
I found out later the Indorunners meet at the Circle K shop which is across from the Park. So if you come to Bali and want a great run, amongst lots of locals in a really nice location, you might want to come and join me and run with them. Like us you will most likely find you are the only Westerner there, which was a really big surprise to all of us.
You can find Indo runners on Facebook.