The Exhilarating, Amazing Big Durian Race 2018

Everyone brought some Big Durian fun to share on Kartini Day

By Karmila Bain
Friday, May 18, 2018

AmCham Indonesia saw one of its most exciting annual events, the seventh Amazing Big Durian Race, cross the finish line on Saturday, April 21, the same day Indonesians commemorate Kartini Day – celebrating the national hero of women’s empowerment.

The 26 teams, consisting of three to four persons, stepped up to the challenge of exploring Jakarta’s key attractions, history, culinary delicacies and out of the way places, turning the city’s hidden gems into a giant playground for a huge scavenger hunt.

This year’s tasks included five categories: judge’s choice, things to photograph, videos, contributor challenges, and set challenges. The race committee prepared 156 challenges to win points based on the difficulty level of the tasks. The committee also added the theme of Kartini Day to the list of challenges, such as singing the Kartini song with a stranger, wearing a kebaya and repeating a famous quote by Kartini, re-creating her bun hairstyle, and taking a picture with someone wearing a kebaya.

Managing Director A Lin Neumann also added something special to the challenges. The committee included Lin’s “Random Dance” into the judges’ choice in which participants had to copy his occasional moves seen on social media. Check out Lin’s favorite team here.

The 2018 Amazing Big Durian Race used Instagram to provide a sortable, searchable, reportable, and shareable record of the adventures. Every challenge had to be posted on Instagram using the captain’s existing account.

While the participants had to complete the tasks within five hours, the judges tracked the points with real-time approvals. Finishing on time and submitting the tasks before end-time was an essential component of the race. Teams lost points if they delayed their arrival at the finish line, and points were not counted if the tasks were submitted after the race ended.

To start, participants gathered at Artotel Thamrin Jakarta to pick up their race kit and outline their strategy for the list of challenges. At the end of the race, the scores were finalized after all the teams crossed the finish line at the restaurant Up In Smoke Jakarta, and the winning teams were rewarded with an abundance of prizes.

At the end of the day, it’s all about strategy but in a fun way. Congratulations to the winners and all participants. This event was a success thanks to many contributors: BCA, Artotel Thamrin Jakarta, Up In Smoke Jakarta, Sheraton Hotel, 3M, The I CAN Foundation, Asian Tigers Indonesia, Goodrich Suites Jakarta, American Airlines and Japan Airlines, Grand Mirage, Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta, Tugu, Estep Asia, Starbucks, Hard Rock Hotel Bali, RA Simatupang, KOI Simatupang, Bengkel Crossfit, DeHooi, and Hooters Jakarta.

It was great watching the teams racing around Jakarta trying to score as many points as possible. We strive to make each year exciting and let you supply the creativity. Check out the best of the photos on our Facebook, Instagram, and website! #durianrace2018.

1st Place: Palladium All Stars (Tomi Zaini, Oliver Mathieson, Naomi Fillmore, Junita Silalahi).

2nd Place: Palladium Galaxy (Lara Bott , Duhita Primadhira, Niklas Enander, Muhammad Grasiori).

3rd Place: Infinity and Beyond (Shanaz Balqis, Iwan Sriwidiyanto, Stephanie Carter, Hendra Saputra).

4th Place: Team Cepat-Cepat (Felice Bakker, Annemarie Kas, Pierre Beckers, Zagita Truhandiaz).


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