Laguna Phuket International Marathon, Asia’s largest and fastest growing destination marathon event, is set to light up the world-famous resort island of Phuket once again with its sixth edition run from June 10 to 12, 2011.
Among the thousands of participants in the event will be Thai-German star Mario Maurer, who doubles as the marathon’s Charity Ambassador, and 5 contestants from the latest season of The Biggest Loser Asia.
Following the massive success of the fifth edition in 2010, which drew 5,329 participants from 34 countries, race organiser Go Adventure Asia plans to delight runners of all ages with five separate events set on a course certified by the Association of International Marathons and Road Races (AIMS). Regular runners and marathon veterans can look forward to the 42.195 km full marathon as well as a 21.097 km half marathon and a 10.5 km run. Also available for families are the non-competitive 5 km walk and 2 km kids race.
The 2011 Laguna Phuket International Marathon is expected to attract thousands of runners to Phuket and provide the province with an instant boost in tourism and economic activity. The annual marathon event has proven itself to be a major international attraction since its inception in 2006, and Phuket Province and the Tourism Authority of Thailand expect the 2011 edition to bring an energetic buzz to the island once more.
All five events in the marathon will kick off in the morning of June 12 at the Laguna Beach Resort, courtesy of title sponsor Laguna Phuket, one of Asia’s finest destination resorts. Interested runners can register for the marathon online at www.phuketmarathon.com and take advantage of early-bird discounts, or opt for on-site registration during the pre-race expo on June 10 and 11. Registered runners can also purchase tickets to attend the pre-race Pasta Party in the evening of June 11 to meet up with fellow participants and enjoy delectable dishes from Laguna Beach Resort’s The Grange Steak & Seafood Grill and Café Loma.
“We want to offer every participant a truly rewarding experience amidst Phuket’s fantastic surroundings,” said co-race director Mr. Songkram Kraisonthi. “While the marathon does include competitive events, the key element here is not competition. We simply want to see runners or even entire families come have fun under the Phuket sun while giving themselves a healthy fitness boost as well.”
In addition to being the region’s top destination marathon event, the Laguna Phuket International Marathon also provides participants a chance to make charity contributions through Laguna Phuket’s Developing Sustainable Schools programme – a collaborative effort between Laguna Beach Resort and the Population and Community Development Association.
“By participating in this year’s marathon, runners can give themselves a healthy physical challenge and also help improve the lives of children,” said actor and event Charity Ambassador Mario Maurer, who will accompany young runners in the 2 km kids race. “This makes the Laguna Phuket International Marathon an event you just cannot miss.”
Charity donations from the 2011 edition will be used to support the development of Baan Klong Mai Daeng School in Surat Thani’s Chaiya district. Runners can make their contributions simply by signing up. Additionally, a donation box will be available within the pre-race expo on June 10 and 11.
The Laguna Phuket International Marathon is presented by Laguna Phuket Resorts & Hotels, Phuket Province, Go Adventure Asia and Amazing Field. It is co-sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, 100PLUS Isotonic Drink and Timex. Other partners include Anda Focus, ASI Photos, Bangkok Hospital Phuket, ChampionChip, Go Thailand Tours, Nam Man Muay, The Phuket Gazette, Phuket Gazette TV and 91.5 FM Phuket Island Radio. The Phuket Marathon is a member of the Association of International Marathons and Road Races (AIMS). The course is AIMS measured and certified.