2014 Laguna Phuket International Marathon, the 9th edition of the annual Run Paradise race which brings thousands to Phuket each year, will see thousands runners, family, and Phuket community members come together again this year on Sunday, 8th June.
This year’s race which includes marathon, half-marathon, 10.5km run, 5km walk/run, and 2km kids run expects to see 5,000 participants.
Like every year, athletes booking their slots in Laguna Phuket’s 2014 marathon and triathlon series are being asked to raise funds through donations and sponsorships for the resort’s long established “Laguna Phuket Foundation” to operate its various charitable programmes. Over the years, more than THB 4.6 million was raised to fund such initiatives as the recently launched “Fully Booked!” Mobile Learning Centre.
“I am very pleased to announce that Laguna Phuket has launched “Fully Booked!” Mobile Learning Centre in Phuket on 25th April this year. Thanks to all the marathoners and supporters, the Centre is ready to service schoolchildren in Phuket and its neighboring provinces starting this June,” said Khun Prapa Hemmin, Director of Sales-MICE & Corporate Events, Laguna Phuket.
“It is our hope to make the race a Run Paradise, at which runners enjoy running, meeting their peers and participating in fulfilling charitable causes.”
Since the project initiation 2 years ago, more than 2.2 million Baht was fundraised for the Centre through the generous support of Laguna Phuket triathletes, marathoners, associates, and community members. A matching fund of 2.2 million Baht was made by Banyan Tree Global Foundation to purchase and outfit the mobile vehicle, along with an additional 500,000 Baht for purchase of books and learning materials.
The funding is enough to operate the Centre for 5 academic years, starting from June 2014. Laguna Phuket will continue to fundraise for the Centre to keep providing the service to underprivileged schools even after this initial period.
This year’s LPIM will also continue its “Green Runner” concept following last year’s success in replacing plastic cup with reusable resin cup on the run course. 40 volunteered “Official Sweeper” will try to pick up and clear out trash on the course as much as they can.
Further information: www.phuketmarathon.com