The inaugural Phuket International Marathon will be held on 11 June 2006 at the Laguna Resort, Phuket. With the slogan “Run Paradise” organizers encourage runners from around the world to participate in the Phuket International Marathon on Thailand’s world renown resort island of Phuket.
Some 3000 to 3500 participants
Some 3000 to 3500 participants are expected to compete in the event including an expected 1000 international participants. The marathon will be the climax of a week full of sporting activities on the island. The race will start and finish at the world class Laguna Phuket resort which also hosts Thailand’s leading triathlon, the Laguna Phuket Triathlon.
There will be a Marathon, a Half Marathon and a 10 Kilometer Run on offer and online registrations are now open. The early bird entry fee is US $50 for the Marathon $US 40 for the Half Marathon and US$ 35 for the 10 Kilometer Run.
Charity will play a central role in the event with all proceeds going to charitable organizations. Organizers are currently in the process of identifying charities that will be supported through the event.
The hilly character of the Phuket landscape has presented the course designer with a challenge as finding a 42 kilometer long, flat stretch is difficult on the island. Nevertheless, organizers have come up with an attractive, flat course passing through the island’s lush vegetation and past some of Phuket’s famous beaches. Thai music bands will support the runners with typical Thai sounds along the way.
Phuket has fully recovered
Less than a year after the devastating tsunami hit the island, Phuket has fully recovered from the aftermath of the disaster and is ready to welcome runners from around the world. Since July visitor arrivals have almost reached pre-tsunami levels and bookings for the high season in December and January are very strong. Phuket is back and for visitors it is again the tropical paradise it used to be.
The event is a member of the Association of Marathons and Road Races and will be organized by Bangkok-based sport marketing firm Go Adventure Asia. The company also co-organizes Thailand’s leading cultural marathon, the ING Thailand Temple Run.
For more information visit: www.phuketmarathon.com.
Contact: Roman Floesser