Today (Wednesday 4th September), Asia’s premier destination resort Laguna Phuket has hosted a press conference at Banyan Tree Bangkok for members of the press to preview its 26th annual Laguna Phuket Triathlon, coming up in November this year.
The 26th edition of Asia’s longest-standing triathlon race Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) in Phuket, Thailand, is scheduled to take place during Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th November 2019 at premier destination resort Laguna Phuket. Comprising a unique race distance of 1.8K swim, 50K bike and 12K run through the scenic backdrop of Phuket province in Thailand, world champions and elite pro triathletes from around the world will race against each other on Sunday vying for USD 20,000 prize purse. LPT also features “25 For 25 Sprint” short-distance category (0.5K swim, 18.5K bike and 6K run) which was launched in 2018 in celebration of LPT’s 25th anniversary, and “LPT Charity Fun Run” (2K Kids Run, 5K & 10K Charity Run) which will take place in the late afternoon on Saturday 23rd November prior the triathlon races on Sunday.
The press conference was paneled by Mr. Phakaphong Tavipatana, Phuket Governor; Mr. Khemmapol Auitayakul, Secretary to Minister of Tourism and Sports; Mr. Ravi Chandran, Managing Director, Laguna Phuket and Mr. Artiwara Kongmalai (Toon Bodyslam) representing Kao Kon La Kao Foundation, LPT’s new charity partner.
Following last year success where 25th LPT sold out the newly-launched sprint category long before race day, saw record-breaking number of participants, and raised more than Baht 250,000 for Children First Fund (CFF) in support of more than 400 children at 7 orphanages in Phuket, Laguna Phuket Triathlon aims at doubling its charitable causes this year by also supporting Kao Kon La Kao, Thailand’s largest charity run series, in support of hospitals nationwide.
Mr. Chandran said ‘I’d like to thank all of the runners and triathletes who have participated in our annual sporting events, and our partners and sponsors whose support entitled Laguna Phuket Triathlon “Asia’s longest-standing triathlon race” to its 26th edition this year,’
‘With long-standing legacy, we realised that LPT’s value lies not only in being an award-winning triathlon race, but also in its success as a significant platform to raise funds and awareness for meaningful charitable causes. Thus, I am delighted to announce that, in addition to “Children First Fund”, we have added “Kao Kon La Kao Foundation” as charity partner this year. Every kilometre you run at LPT will become 9 baht contribution to Kao,’ he concluded.
When asked about Kao Kon La Kao’s partnership with Laguna Phuket, Toon (Artiwara Kongmalai) said ‘Laguna Phuket has been supporting Kao Kon La Kao since its first project in 2016. I am delighted that Kao Kon La Kao will be running in Phuket for the first time in October this year. Please join us in the last 10.8K at Laguna Phuket. Special thanks to Laguna Phuket for extending discounted hotel rates to Kao runners,’
‘It’s clear that Laguna Phuket and Kao Kon La Kao Foundation share similar vision in developing sustainable community and improving the quality of life. I’d like to also thank Laguna Phuket Triathlon and all runners at LPT Charity Fun Run this November for your support in raising more funds for Kao Kon La Kao Foundation to help hospitals in Thailand.’
Other highlights at the press conference is “Triathlon Tips for Beginners” session in which Thai celebrity and actress-turned-fitness-guru Meiji (Anorma Cook) shared her experience training for the first Laguna Phuket Triathlon. The session was joined by world champion and triathlon legend from Germany, Jurgen Zack, who currently leads Z-Coaching triathlon training camp in Phuket and Sasitat “Boat” Kulsuptrakul, founder and owner of TriHub in Bangkok.
As in previous years, athletes and participants in Laguna Phuket Triathlon are encouraged to donate to Laguna Phuket Foundation for its ongoing local charitable causes such as “Fully Booked!” Mobile Learning Centre, Community Learning Centre, Laguna Phuket Kindergarten, Children First Fund, social enterprise restaurant “Seedlings Phuket” and many more. This year Laguna Phuket Foundation aims at raising funds for Children First Fund (CFF) to continue its nutritional support towards more than 400 orphans at 7 orphanages in Phuket. Since the establishment in 2017 upon Laguna Phuket resort’s 30th anniversary celebration, CFF has been delivering food and sustenance to the 7 orphanages in Phuket on a monthly basis.
Laguna Phuket Triathlon is doubling its charitable cause this year by adding Kao Kon La Kao Foundation to its charity partner list. Every kilometre run at LPT this year will become 9 baht donation to Kao.
Registration to 26th Laguna Phuket Triathlon, 25 For 25 Sprint and LPT Charity Fun Run is available online at www.LagunaphuketTri.com until 17 November. Hotels and resorts at Laguna Phuket offer special rate for the race weekend (please refer to promo code: LPT2019. Terms & Conditions Apply).
To learn more, visit the website or Facebook @LagunaPhuketTri or call +66 (0) 76 362300 ext. 1404.