Bengawan Solo is a name of famous river in Solo Surakarta.
Bengawan Solo Charity Boat Race is a canoe race and festival that take place in Bengawan Solo River. This race sport and adventurous activity is held once in a year, usually at February, by Gunungan Foundation led by Michael Micklem. The last Bengawan Solo Charity Boat Race was held last February 19th, 2012.
There were 30 participants joined the Bengawan Solo Charity Boat Race. Most of them came from Solo Surakarta and some were from different countries like Canada, England, Australia, Mexico, and America. There are two classes in this canoe race and festival, canoe class and custom boat class. Each of the participants will have to race along five kilometers track, from Ngepung to Jurug. Through tourism activity, the Bengawan Solo Charity Boat Race aims to raise people concern of Bengawan Solo River’s ecosystem and to raise fund for the foundation’s orphanage.
Both classes in this race will be judged by jury. The canoe classes winner is the fastest canoeing person, while the winner of the custom boat classes is the most unique and creative boat. There were some funny custom boats participated in the Bengawan Solo Charity Boat Race. Some of them were made of pedicab, chair, or used a set of gamelan as its accessories and some even used a surfboard. With funny custom models, some boats succeed to reach the finish line but some others unfortunately were drawn. But they were all fine because all the Bengawan Solo Charity Boat Race participants have to wear life jacket. Moreover, the canoe race and festival was guarded by rescue team.
Bengawan Solo Charity Boat Race is an annual sport and adventurous festival in Solo Surakarta which could be followed by ordinary participants. So, if you like to have some outdoor activities in Solo Surakarta while doing charity, just join the Bengawan Solo Charity Boat Race next year.