25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon’s Date Announced – Registration Opens 1 January

With paramount success of 2017 Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT), Asia’s premier destination resort Laguna Phuket has announced the award-winning race’s 25th annual edition to take place on Sunday 25 November 2018. Comprising signature race distance of 1.8Km Swim, 50Km Bike and 12Km Run, registration for 2018 edition of Asia’s longest-standing triathlon race opens from Monday 1 January 2018 at www.lagunaphukettri.com. Interested athletes are advised to book their slot as soon as possible to enjoy Super Early Bird discount (available until 31 January) and a series of promotion specially launched for 2018 to celebrate the race’s 25th anniversary.

25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon’s Date Announced – Registration Opens 1 January
Michael Raelert (DEU), Laguna Phuket Triathlon’s triple-year champion at 2017LPT where he got his title for 3rd consecutive year.

For the first time in the Race of Legends’ 25-year history, 2018 LPT will introduce “25 for 25 Sprint” an inaugural Laguna Phuket Triathlon’s sprint distance of 25Km swim, bike and run combined. Athletes registered for the 25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon who are 25 years old in 2018 (born on 1 January – 31 December 1993) also get additional 5% discount on entry fee.

Back by popular demand, the 25th LPT will once again feature “Charity Fun Run”. Comprising 5Km and 10Km run and introducing 2Km distance for junior runners, the Charity Fun Run will take place on Saturday 24 November’s late afternoon.

The TV show for 2017 LPT race which took place on Sunday 19 November will be broadcast nationally for interested audiences and aspired triathletes in Thailand on Monday 1 January, 3pm-4pm on Thai TV Channel 7.

For 2018LPT’s sponsorship opportunity, please visit www.lagunaphukettri.com/sponsorship or contact Ms. Prapa Hemmin, Laguna Phuket Triathlon’s Event Director at info@lagunaphukettri.com

Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort Appoints New Director of Tennis

PHUKET, THAILAND – The Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort has appointed Mr Sean Panton as Director of Tennis, effective 15 December 2017.

Panton, a British national born in Malawi, has been teaching tennis since 1994. Since then he has been advancing the tennis skills of players of all levels at venues such as the Hyatt Regency Macau, the Four Seasons Resort in Chiang Mai, the Royal Garden Pattaya Sport & Fitness Club, and the JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa.

A resident of Phuket for 16 years, Panton was also General Manager of Thanyapura, the Phuket International Academy Sports & Leisure Club.

Since opening in 2013, tennis has been a major guest activity at the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort, which has three outdoor floodlit synthetic courts and an indoor court. Panton takes over from James Corin who served as Tennis Director for three years at the Outrigger.

“Sean’s vast experience as a tennis coach and working at a senior level in sports-related activities in many international cross-cultural settings make him ideal to direct tennis operations at Outrigger,” said Tony Pedroni, the resort’s General Manager.

Pedroni said that apart from hotel guests, Phuket residents are also welcome to learn or play tennis at the Outrigger. Individual and group lessons, a ladies tennis clinic, and a social night are all part of the tennis scene at the resort, which is known for promoting active lifestyles.

Aside from tennis, Panton is a leading advocate for environmental protection, corporate social responsibility and inclusive community relations. In 2011, he created SEEK, an environmental civil society movement helping to consolidate green initiatives in Phuket.

Beyond tennis and environmental protection, Panton is a surfer, husband and father with a passion for music.

The tennis centre at the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort can be contacted at +66 [0] 76 360 600 ext. 2355. Email: tennis.phuketbeach@outrigger.co.th

Green Commitment: A Tennis Q&A with Sean Panton
Here, Sean Panton, the new Director of Tennis at the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort, talks about his on-court heroes and the challenges and rewards of taking up tennis as a hobby.

Q: Which male and female tennis players do you admire the most and why?
A: I admire Roger Federer the most. He is humble, focused and always has time for his fans. He also works to promote junior tennis whenever possible. His game is very efficient. He plays with minimal wasted effort. There will never be another Federer.

Serena and Venus Williams inspire me with their relentless commitment and love for the game, their physical prowess and their ability to not only change with the times, but to recover so well in the face of adversity. They are truly inspiring.

Q: How has the game changed over the last 50 years or so?
A: It’s a different game now. Rackets make more possible and coaching and fitness have come a long way. The game is a lot more physical and more demanding on the body for the pros. However, the beginner or club player has a much better chance of developing a solid game now as coaching is more function based as opposed to form. Equipment today is much better and makes the game easier to play.

Q: How does tennis compare with other sports as a means to keep fit?
A: Tennis uses a wide variety of physical and mental skills that makes it one of the most challenging but rewarding sports to play. After a good hour of tennis you feel physically and mentally stimulated. Keeping fit and flexible will help your game – and life in general. I know lots of people who play well into their 80s. Tennis keeps you healthy and focused.

Q: What if someone is not sure about taking it up? What advice would you give to them?
A: Tennis is easy when the focus of learning is to have fun. If you haven’t played for a while you will find it a lot easier than when you used to play. It doesn’t take all day to play, just an hour or so will do. Tennis is low impact so it’s easy to start to play as a youth or later in life. At the Outrigger our courts are artificial grass, so very comfortable on the knees. Those interested should try it and see how easy it is to begin to succeed. My aim is to build their game around their natural abilities, so it doesn’t take long to grasp.

Q: How much equipment and specialist gear do you need to get started?
A: I have rackets for you to try out depending on your physical capabilities and style. So all you really need is a little motivation and a pair of tennis shoes.

Q: Do you have to have a partner in mind or can the tennis centre at the Outrigger match you up with someone?
A: We have a data base of players from the community and ‘knockers’ who can play with you also.

Q: How social is tennis at the Outrigger?
A: Very. We have an excellent facility and are conveniently located, so we’re ideal for social tennis. Lots of Phuket residents live close by and have frequented the courts for the past four years. We also host weekly social events and tournaments. We will be introducing leagues and mixers as well as junior development days.

Q: What about families or groups of friends who want to play together. What can Outrigger do for them?
A: We can conduct group clinics and even teach parents how to play games with and instruct their children. When we have different ages and abilities we focus on shot development and follow up with practice games so all are engaged and benefit. We can put together round robin events for friends and even elite master classes for high level players.

Q: Which time of the week is best to play at Outrigger?
A: We are open from 8am to 8pm daily. The best time is the time that suits you. Coaching is available except for Sundays but we can be flexible on that too. Let us know your time slots and we will work around you. Please note heat is a factor, so mid-day is not a good time to play.

Q: How can those interested in tennis in Phuket contact you to find out more?
A: Just call me anytime on 083 391 5869 or reach out to me by email me on tennis.phuketbeach@outrigger.co.th

Q: Finally, there’s a movie about it now, but who was better, Borg or McEnroe?
A: I played with Bjorn Borg when I was 13 in Bahrain. I played with him against Vitas Gerulaitis and another ranked junior player in an exhibition game. So while Borg is my favourite, McEnroe was in my opinion better. He changed the whole mechanics of the game with no swing and use of the wrist on the serve. However, they both were great champions. Some of the matches they played against each other were epic.

4th Supersports 10 Mile International Run 2018 Phuket Presented by Thanyapura

PHUKET, Thailand – For the fourth consecutive year, Thailand’s leading sports retailer, Supersports, will organise the country’s only mile-distance race, the Supersports 10 Mile International Run 2018 Phuket Presented by Thanyapura on 24 – 25 March, 2018 at the award-winning Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort, and organisers expect 4,000 people to take part.

4th Supersports 10 Mile International Run 2018 Phuket Presented by Thanyapura to take place 24 – 25 March, 2018 4,000 runners expected and 110,000THB prize money on offer

4th Supersports 10 Mile International Run 2018 Phuket Presented by Thanyapura to take place 24 – 25 March, 2018 4,000 runners expected and 110,000THB prize money on offer

4th Supersports 10 Mile International Run 2018 Phuket Presented by Thanyapura to take place 24 – 25 March, 2018 4,000 runners expected and 110,000THB prize money on offer

4th Supersports 10 Mile International Run 2018 Phuket Presented by Thanyapura to take place 24 – 25 March, 2018 4,000 runners expected and 110,000THB prize money on offer

4th Supersports 10 Mile International Run 2018 Phuket Presented by Thanyapura to take place 24 – 25 March, 2018 4,000 runners expected and 110,000THB prize money on offer

4th Supersports 10 Mile International Run 2018 Phuket Presented by Thanyapura to take place 24 – 25 March, 2018 4,000 runners expected and 110,000THB prize money on offer

4th Supersports 10 Mile International Run 2018 Phuket Presented by Thanyapura to take place 24 – 25 March, 2018 4,000 runners expected and 110,000THB prize money on offer

4th Supersports 10 Mile International Run 2018 Phuket Presented by Thanyapura to take place 24 – 25 March, 2018 4,000 runners expected and 110,000THB prize money on offer

A key event in Phuket’s sporting calendar and one that underscores Phuket’s sports tourism credentials, the Supersports 10 Mile International Run 2018 Phuket Presented by Thanyapura attracts runners from around Thailand and overseas, and offers the largest running event prize purse in Phuket – a combined 110,000THB.

“Phuket is becoming a centre for sports and it’s events like the Supersports 10 Mile International Run 2018 Phuket Presented by Thanyapura that really help to raise the profile of the island as a leading sports destination. This event attracts many international runners and as the popularity of running increases we are seeing more and more runners from around Thailand and in Phuket taking part too,” said Mr. Sakchai Kunanuwatchaidetch, Deputy Governor of Phuket.

The event has grown year-on-year, and in response to increased participation organisers have expanded it to be two days this year, allowing more people to take part and enjoy the beautiful course in the island’s north.

“We’re very excited to be bringing this event back to Phuket for the fourth consecutive year and to be working again with Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort. The event has grown considerably since we launched four years ago and continues to grow each year, as a result we have extended the event to be held over two days in 2018 – 24 and 25 March. This will allow more runners to take part, retain the quality runner experience, and ensure runners can enjoy the beautiful course area even more,” said Miss Siraporn Wattana, Vice President of Marketing, Supersports.

The event’s schedule is as follows:

  • 24th March, 2018:
    500m Fun Run for children from 3 to 12 years old – 3-5, 6-8, 9-12. Start 17:00.
    3 Mile (4.8km) – Open Male/ Female. Start 17:15.
  • 25th March, 2018:

5 Mile (8km) – 12-39 (male), 40 & over (male), 12-34 (female), 35 & over (female). Start 06:15.
10 Mile (16km) – 15-29 (male/ female), 30-39 (male/ female), 40-49 (male/ female), 50-59 (male/ female), 60 & over (male/ female). Start 06:00.

With a “Run Festival” concept on 24th March there will be a post race concert, food, lots of activities for families and kids, and a children’s playground, while on the 25th March the “Serious Run” concept will also see all runners having the chance to win exercise equipment and sports prizes in a post-race lucky draw.

“We’re very proud to be working again with Supersports and the local community to organize the fourth edition of this international-standard race. The course area around Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort – the quiet lanes and tropical surrounds – are favorites with the runners and we are looking forward to welcoming even more runners from Phuket, around Thailand and overseas in 2018,” commented Mr. Philipp Graf von Hardenberg, President and CEO of Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort.

“It’s very important to Supersports that we give back to the communities in which we work and on behalf of all the event’s partners and participants, we will be donating a portion of the 2018 entry fees to Pa Krong Cheap School – a school which is located along the run course,” added Miss Siraporn Wattana.

Special entry fees of 500 – 600THB are available from now until 10 January, 2018 with prices increasing thereafter. All entrants receive a race BIB, t-shirt, bag and discount coupons for New Balance products. All runners who complete their distance will receive a Finisher Medal while trophies will be presented to the top three in each category for the 5 Mile and 10 Mile distances. A total prize purse of 110,000THB will be shared between the top three Thai finishers and top three International (including Thai) finishers for the 10 Mile distance.

For more information and to enter online, go to www.gotorace.com.

Thanyapura’s Colour Fun Run Lights Up 2017’s Phukethon

On Saturday 9 December 2017, around 1,200 people came together to take part in Thanyapura’s highly anticipated annual Colour Fun Run. Runners were both local and international, with many travelling to Thailand specifically to take part in this unique event. Tickets have been sold out for a number of months.

The event celebrates fitness for fun; there are no winners in the Colour Fun Run, and people from all ages and abilities are invited to take part. The run took place at Saphan Hin Phuket, a public park located by the sea in Phuket Town. There were 3 distance options for runners: 1km, 2km and 5km. The races began at 6am. All runners were given sunglasses before starting, and a medal and t-shirt after finishing.

Participants ran past colour stations as they made their way through the course, and each individual crossed the finish line covered in bright, vibrant colours. Each runner was also equipped with a bag of coloured powder, and was encouraged to sprinkle it on others as they ran past. Once the race had concluded, everyone enjoyed refreshments and, with many having saved some of their coloured powder, continued the fun by spreading bright colours everywhere.

Thanyapura's Colour Fun Run Lights Up 2017's Phukethon
Atmosphere of Colour Fun Run 2017
Thanyapura's Colour Fun Run Lights Up 2017's Phukethon
Atmosphere of Colour Fun Run 2017
Thanyapura's Colour Fun Run Lights Up 2017's Phukethon
Atmosphere of Colour Fun Run 2017
Thanyapura's Colour Fun Run Lights Up 2017's Phukethon
VIPs group photo

This year’s Colour Fun Run kicked off the 2017 Phukethon, Asia’s major international marathon festival. For the first time ever, it is taking place in Thailand, and welcomes runners from around the world in the spirit of promoting sports tourism. Phukethon is certified by the Athletics Association of Thailand, the Asian Athletics Association and International Association of Athletics Federations. With many activities taking place; from fun runs to full marathons; a recruitment program; more than 80 sports brands represented and a music and food festival, Phukethon brings the vibrant world of sports and fitness into Phuket’s spotlight.

Paolo Randone, Vice President of Sports and F&B at Thanyapura, said, “We are happy to extend our yearly race from Thanyapura to Phuket town, due to a very large demand. The Colour Fun Run is the happiest 5km in the world, celebrating healthiness and happiness that is shared with family and friends. So have fun and keep healthy!”

A group of expat girls from Darasamut Phuket School, got a chance to interview and said, “We live here in Phuket and come to Thanyapura’s Colour Fun Run with the feeling of excitement. We expect the event is fun, enjoyable and full of colours. We have ever attended 2 years ago and now we get back to enjoy again.

Thanyapura would like to extend a big thank you to those that sponsored this year’s Colour Fun Run, including The Phuket News, Khao Phuket, Oasis Spa, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa – Nai Yang Beach, Vatemon, Tiger Kingdom, Skyline Adventure, Sapam Sound, and Pom Sport Shutter. Congratulations to all who came out to run or support, and enjoy the rest of this year’s fantastic Phukethon!

For more information on the 2017 Phukethon, click here.

Inaugural Overseas PGA Conference Deemed A Big Success

The PGA Members’ International Conference will return to Thailand in 2018 following the success of the inaugural event held at the stunning Laguna Phuket Resort earlier this month.

The conference brought together PGA Members and delegates from 14 countries to one of Asia’s finest fully integrated resorts and home of the first PGA-branded facility in Thailand.

While there, they heard leading figures from the golf industry sharing their experiences and passing on invaluable advice.

One of the conference highlights was a presentation by Paul Gibbons of MST Golf, who spoke about his diversified career in golf.

PGA Master Professional Paul Burley, senior vice president and global head of golf course management – IMG, impressed delegates with his presentation on golf club management in Asia.

A lively debate about junior development & growing the game.
TrackMan session by Simon Yates at Laguna Golf Academy Phuket.

Junior coaching was also a topic of debate for Junior Golf Alliance’s Neil Plimmer and Michael Dickie, head coach to China’s Olympic golf team who also spoke about training elite players in Asia.

Asian Tour winner and PGA Member Simon Yates delivered an entertaining Trackman clinic and was aided by Thomas Tontapanish, the company’s representative in Southeast Asia.

The conference was also an opportunity for PGA Chief Executive, Robert Maxfield, to outline his vision and plans for the Association.

He said: “I am delighted with the success of our first ever PGA Members’ International Conference hosted at Laguna Phuket, Thailand.

“We had Members attending from 14 different countries which is a reflection of our truly global membership base and was incredibly valuable.

“It was also a fantastic opportunity to listen to those members, hear about the fantastic work they are carrying out within the industry and understand better how we, as their Association, can stay relevant to them into the future.

“We very much look forward to providing further opportunities like these for our Members to support them in their careers.”

Paul Wilson, AVP/Group Golf Director of Laguna Golf, added: “We are thrilled to have gathered PGA Members across the globe at one of the region’s finest resort destinations, to experience the resort service and facilities including our award-winning course and recognised PGA-branded academy. We look forward to hosting the conference again in 2018.”

What the delegates thought of the first PGA Members’ International Conference:

Karl Whitehead, General Manager, The Els Club, Dubai
“It was a great week on every level and I couldn’t be more impressed with the new leadership and vision. Very exciting times ahead. It’s some task and it will take some time, but I’m 100 per cent confident it will be achieved.” 

John Blanch, General Manager, Thai Country Club
“I wanted to thank you for the great job The PGA did in putting on and then running the conference. I have told everyone it was the best thing The PGA has done in my 30 years as a Member – it has reinvigorated many of us older guys and enthused the younger generation.”

Matt Hough, GOLFTEC, Hong Kong
“The whole trip from the way it was organised to the seminar content and the attendees themselves more than exceeded my expectations. Thanks for making it such a wonderful trip. I’m sure all the guys that attended will have left feeling a lot more positive having listened to the plans Rob Maxfield has for the future.”

Michael Dickie, Michael International Golf Academy, Shanghai
“I found the event extremely beneficial in meeting fellow industry professionals and hearing what they are doing and how they are developing their businesses. It was an honour and proud moment in my career to present at the conference and one I am appreciative of.” 

Steve Dougan, Director of Golf, Boringdon Park Golf Club
“From a personal perspective The PGA Conference has been great for me on so many levels including the seminars. But also it was such an amazing networking opportunity. I will definitely be spreading the word to friends and colleagues as everyone could benefit from attending future events.”

Paul Wilson, Group Golf Director, Laguna Golf
“As a PGA Member, I left the event excited and motivated for what the future holds for our Association. The PGA can reposition itself at the top of the golf industry, with a combination of Rob Maxfield’s leadership of the management team and the support of us Members.”

2017 Laguna Phuket Triathlon Kicks into High Gear and towards Good Causes

Recently named “Best Amateur Sports Event of the Year in Thailand”, with silver credential, at Sports Industry Awards & Conference (SPIA Asia) 2017, the 24th annual Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) will kick off on Sunday 19 November and comprise a unique race distance of 1.8K swim, 50K bike and 12K run through the scenic backdrop of Phuket province in Thailand. To help celebrate Laguna Phuket’s 30th anniversary, 2017 Laguna Phuket Triathlon also features an inaugural “LPT Charity Fun Run” (5K & 10K) on Saturday 18 November, with an aim to raise funds for “Kao Project”, a charity run campaign led by rock star and LPT’s fan, Artiwara ‘Toon Bodyslam’ Kongmalai, to support 11 hospitals in Thailand.

2017 Laguna Phuket Triathlon Kicks into High Gear and towards Good Causes A league of legends to flock Asia’s premier destination resort this Sunday Vying for USD 20,000
Caption: KP Ho, Founder and Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings (standing 3rd from left) presented the revised donation amount of 1,000,000 baht to Kao Project, represented by Anurak and Pranom Kongmalai (standing 5th and 6th from right), at Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2017 Press Conference, hosted at Laguna Phuket today.
Standing from left; Antony Costes from France; Michael Raeleart, defending champion from Germany; KP HO, Founder and Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings; Tanes Petsuwan, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, Tourism Authority of Thailand; “Laguna” the LPT Mascot; Pranom Kongmalai of Kao Project; Sanit Sriwihok, Vice Governor of Phuket; Anurak Kongmalai of Kao Project; Ravi Chandran, Managing Director of Laguna Phuket; Chavanant Senivongse, Manager of Promotions and Sponsorship Dept., Thai Airways PLC; Amelia Rose Watkinson, defending champion in the women’s field from New Zealand and Imogen Simmonds of Great Britain.

Pre-race press conference was held on Saturday 18 November and graced by Sanit Sriwihok, Vice Governor of Phuket; Tanes Petsuwan, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, Tourism Authority of Thailand; Ravi Chandran, Managing Director of Laguna Phuket; Chavanant Senivongse, Manager of Promotions and Sponsorship Dept., Thai Airways PLC, and also paneled by elite pro athletes; Michael Raelert (Germany), defending two-time LPT Champion from 2015 and 2016; Antony “The Tiger” Costes (France); Amelia Rose Watkinson (New Zealand), 2016LPT Champion in women’s field, and Imogen Simmonds from Great Britain – all competing for USD 20,000 prize purse.

The press conference also features Legends Talk Session with legendary triathlon elites and world champions; Jurgen Zack (Germany), Karen Smyers (USA) and Belinda Granger (Australia), who are invited back to relive their LPT memories and share experiences at Asia’s longest-standing triathlon race, also known as “The Race of Legends.”

“This year, we will see around 1,800 athletes, representing more than 40 nationalities, participating in the individual and team relay categories on Sunday as well as the Charity Fun Run on Saturday,” said, Mr. Ravi Chandran, “It is delightful to have seen growing number of Thai athletes participating in our race each year. Planned for 1,000 runners, the Charity Fun Run on Saturday was sold out long before its closing date. This shows rising awareness in personal health and wellness, as well as reflects on high level of concerns for others. People show genuine generosity when it comes to healthy lifestyle and good causes,” he concluded.

Thai athletes to watch on Sunday include Jaray Jearanai and Nichakarn Ruttanaporn, defending Thai champion titles in the men’s and women’s fields. The crowd can also expect to cheer on Thai celebrity triathlete Yossavadee Hassadeevichit at the race.

The conference included a donation presentation from “LPT Charity Fun Run” to “Kao Project”. Received by Toon’s parents; Anurak and Pranom Kongmalai, as representatives from Kao Project. A whopping amount of 1,000,000 baht from Laguna Phuket was decided on spot by Mr. KP Ho, the Founder and Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings, who crossed off the originally-planned 350,000 baht and rewrote larger donation in show of support for the great cause.

As in previous years, athletes and participants in Laguna Phuket Triathlon during the race weekend 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.

Michael Raeleart of Germany Gets Three-Peat in the Heat at Laguna Phuket Triathlon

On podium from left: Antony Costes, Imogen Simmonds, Michael Raelert Amelia Rose Watkinson, Yvonne van Vlerken and Mitchell Robins

Today (19 November) Germany’s Michael Raelert, finished first in the premier-destination distance 24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) race (1.8K swim, 50K bike, 12K run) with USD 20,000 prize purse. In 02:19:32 hours, Raelert once again successfully defended his title from last year which makes him Laguna Phuket Triathlon’s three consecutive champion (2015 – 2017) – the first in LPT history.

Followed Raelert home in second and third places were France’s Antony “The Tiger” Costes (02:20:29) and Mitchell Robins of Australia (02:23:06).

Michael Raeleart of Germany Gets Three-Peat in the Heat at Laguna Phuket Triathlon Winning Three Consecutive Championships under the Phuket Sun

Michael Raeleart of Germany Gets Three-Peat in the Heat at Laguna Phuket Triathlon Winning Three Consecutive Championships under the Phuket Sun

Michael Raeleart of Germany Gets Three-Peat in the Heat at Laguna Phuket Triathlon Winning Three Consecutive Championships under the Phuket Sun

Michael Raeleart of Germany Gets Three-Peat in the Heat at Laguna Phuket Triathlon Winning Three Consecutive Championships under the Phuket Sun

Michael Raeleart of Germany Gets Three-Peat in the Heat at Laguna Phuket Triathlon Winning Three Consecutive Championships under the Phuket Sun

Michael Raeleart of Germany Gets Three-Peat in the Heat at Laguna Phuket Triathlon Winning Three Consecutive Championships under the Phuket Sun

Also defended her LPT title in the women’s field, Amelia Rose Watkinson from New Zealand finished first, in 02:35:01 and broke her own record from last year race.

Followed Watkinson in second was Imogen Simmonds of Great Britain (02:41:47) who then saw her follower, Netherland’s Yvonne van Vlerken, recently broke the full distance’s nine hour barrier the thirteenth time – a world record, in 3rd, timed 02:45:24.

Phuket was hot today, making the race a little challenging. “I had a good swim and then Antony Costes pushed really hard on the bike. I was struggling on the run, maybe we were running a little bit too fast. After the first lap (of 2), I can make a little break but the last 4K was brutal. I was thinking about just sit down under the shade (laugh). I don’t know how I kept going. Now I am happy to win,” said Michael Raelert,

Raelert also shared his view on the sport of triathlon, “good thing about sports, especially triathlon, is not the professionals and age-groups getting to the finish line and be proud of themselves, but the community of it – how it brings people together, the local, the international athletes, the expats, all the people come together for one thing in common, that is sports,”

“Laguna Phuket Triathlon is all about the experiences. I fell in love 7 years ago when I first came here and I will come back. So I’d recommend athletes to come here, do what you love – the triathlon – and enjoy the friendliness of the people, exciting atmosphere, the food and all the experiences Phuket and Thailand have to offer.”

Wowing the Thai crowd were defending champions in the men’s and women’s fields; Jaray Jearanai was once again the first Thai finisher (in 02:36:47) and Nichakarn Ruttanaporn, in 03:11:08. Both broke their own LPT record from last year.

A field of over 700 individual pro and age group athletes, as well as relay teams, representing more than 40 nationalities crowded Asia’s premier destination resort “Laguna Phuket” from the Race Start at the resort’s beachfront to the Transition Area at Laguna Grove outdoor event venue.

The race today followed inaugural LPT Charity Fun Run, hosted yesterday (18 November) to celebrate Laguna Phuket’s 30th anniversary. Participated by 1,000 5K and 10K runners, LPT Charity Fun Run raised 200,000 baht for its charity partner “Kao Project” to support 11 hospitals in Thailand. The amount was changed at the press conference yesterday by Mr. KP Ho, founder and Executive Chairman of the resort who decided to donate the total of 1,000.000 baht to the cause.

Results: 24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon (19 Nov)
Men                                                     Swim                Bike                  Run                  Overall
1          Michael Raelert(DEU)             00:22:58            01:10:32            00:43:58            02:19:32
2          Antony Costes (FRA)                00:22:58            01:10:32            00:44:50            02:20:29
3          Mitchell Robins (AUS)               00:23:10            01:13:42            00:44:13            02:23:06
4          Alberto Casadei (ITA)              00:23:00            01:13:49            00:45:03            02:23:58
5          Fernando Toldi (BRA)               00:22:56            01:15:04            00:46:26            02:26:43

Women                                                Swim                Bike                  Run                  Overall
1          Amelia Rose Watkinson (NZL) 00:25:15            01:19:21            00:47:53            02:35:01
2          Imogen Simmonds (GBR)        00:26:19            01:22:28            00:50:22            02:41:47
3          Yvonne van Vlerken (NLD)      00:28:30            01:22:56            00:51:22            02:45:24
4          Kate Bevilaqua (AUS)              00:26:56            01:28:21            00:53:57            02:52:08
5          Robin Pomeroy (USA)              00:25:17            01:24:52            00:59:41            02:52:51

Results: LPT Charity Fun Run (18 Nov) – 10K
1          Osamu Inako (JPN)                  00:40:32.2
2          Thanwa Ubolkarn (THA)           00:40:57.8
3          Praphai Saomok (THA)             00:41:05.2

Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach Sponsors Thanyapura’s Classic Cycle Race

Phuket, Thailand, 14 November 2017 – Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach recently teamed up with the Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort to host the annual “Classic Cycling Race” in Southern Thailand.

A total of 263 athletes took part in the event on 12th November 2017, which included two separate cycle races through the tropical countryside and spectacular scenery of Phuket and Phang Nga provinces.

The “Mini-Classic” race saw 160 cyclists depart from Thanyapura for a challenging 45km ride around North Phuket, while the “Classic” race saw 103 athletes cycle for 106 grueling kilometers through Phuket and neighboring Phang Nga.

The male of female winners of the Classic race were rewarded with a two-night package at Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach, including accommodation in a Beachfront Two Bedroom Private Pool Villa!

The start of the event was presided over by Mr Virat Patee, Director of the Sports Authority of Thailand, and Mr Paolo Randone, Chief Operating Officer of Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort.

“Thanyapura’s Classic Cycling Race is always a fantastic occasion and it was a great pleasure to be part of this year’s event,” said David Ippersiel, General Manager of Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach. “This annual sporting event allows us to strengthen our connections with the local community, as part of our commitment to support our neighbors.

“We are also delighted to be able welcome the winning atheletes to our resort. After their exertions, I’m sure they will be overjoyed to relax in the comfort of our Beachfront Two Bedroom Private Pool Villa. We hope this will encourage more people to join Thanyapura’s community sports events in future. Stay healthy!” Mr Ippersiel added.

This year marked the first time that Thanyapura has partnered with a hotel for this event. As a main sponsor of the race, Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach presented the two winners of the Classic race with a voucher for a two-night stay in a Beachfront Two Bedroom Private Pool Villa – the most luxurious accommodation at the resort – including daily breakfast and one evening dinner at the Big Fish restaurant for two people.

The prize packages also include a 20% discount on all spa treatments at the resort, meaning that the winning cyclists can soothe their aching bodies with a blissful massage. The packages for both the male and female winners were valued at more than THB175,400 (approx. US$5,300).

Following this initial sponsorship opportunity, Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach hopes to partner with Thanyapura’s Classic Cycling Race for many years to come.

This year’s event was also sponsored by ProBike, Trek, Vatemon, NGG Timepieces, Khao Phuket, The Phuket News, Aroma Group, Pom Sport Shutter, and Born Free to Tri.

The Fourth Thanyapura Classic Cycling Race Takes Place in Phuket, Thailand

The fourth annual Thanyapura Classic Cycling Race was held on 12 November 2017, with top athletes and cycling enthusiasts traveling to Phuket from around the world in order to take part. The race is the largest cycling competition on the island, and offers 2 options for riders: a 45km route and a 106km route. Participants raced through lush jungle scapes, up and down mountainous terrain and through scenic pathways along northern Phuket’s breathtaking coastline. The 45km and 106km races were open to males and females aged 13 and above.

The Fourth Thanyapura Classic Cycling Race Takes Place in Phuket, Thailand
VIPs group photo: Coach Ricky, Mr.Virat Patee, Mr.Paolo Randone, Ms.Panchan Noimeecharoen
The Fourth Thanyapura Classic Cycling Race Takes Place in Phuket, Thailand
Winners from Male 106 km open category

2017’s Classic Cycling Race, which was hosted and organised by the Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort, saw Mr. Witthawat Wari victorious, as he took first place in 106 km open category. In second place was Mr. Jurgen Zack, and Mr. Rune Hovland took third. This year’s grand prize for each of the gold medal winners in their respective categories is a voucher to take advantage of the beautiful Marriott Hotel in Nai Yang. A full list of this year’s results can be found here.

Paolo Randone, Vice President of Thanyapura Sports and F&B, said, “As the number one sports resort in Asia, we are very proud to once again organise the Thanyapura Classic Bike race, and enjoy seeing more and more people take part year after year. Cycling is a big part of Thailand’s sport culture, and is linked to many health benefits. It is great to see a steady increase in the sport’s popularity. We believe that being a part of the race provides a lot of motivation to the young – and the young at heart. It is our mission to continue to support and organise events like this to motivate all generations to live a healthier life.”

In addition to the prizes awarded to the winners, this is the first year that participants had the chance to win some of the fantastic products offered in a Lucky Draw. Items up for grabs included a Trek Emonda ALR 4 bike, Suunto Spartan GPS watches, gift vouchers to Thanyapura and a Trainer Cycleops Magneto. A big thank you to 2017’s Thanyapura Classic Cycling Race sponsors: ProBike, Trek, Vatemon, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach, NGG Timepieces, Khao Phuket, The Phuket News, Aroma Group, Pom Sport Shutter and Born Free To Tri.

The Thanyapura Phuket Classic Cycling Race was established in 2014 under the name Grand Fondo, and offers 2 separate races. The 45km route for enthusiasts, and the 106km route for advanced athletes. All participants are individually timed. This year, 160 participants took part in the 45km race, and 103 participants in the 106km race. Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort organises a number of events that attract top international athletes each year, along with providing high quality bike rental services and professional coaching. Thanyapura’s resident Sports Scientist analyses data from Computrainers to create personalised profiles that show performance levels, and help to improve training programmes.

Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort awarded 2 SPIA Asia Awards 2017

Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort is honoured to have been awarded 2 SPIA Asia (Asia’s Sports Industry Awards & Conference) awards in 2017 for Best Sport Youth Development Program in Thailand (Silver), and Best Sport Event Venue in Thailand (Bronze).

Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort awarded 2 SPIA Asia Awards 2017
Alexandra Lochmatter with 2 awards
Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort awarded 2 SPIA Asia Awards 2017
Best Sport Youth Development Program in Thailand and Best Sport Event Venue in Thailand

SPIA Asia – Asia’s Sports Industry Awards & Conference, is open to governing bodies, federations, brands, agencies and other organisations from 47 countries across Asia. SPIA Asia is supported by Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism & Sports, the Sports Authority of Thailand and the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and is judged by a panel of 20 independent experts in the industry who meticulously examine each finalist within 17 Asian categories. The results were announced and celebrated on 7 November 2017 at a prestigious gala held at Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre.

Alexandra Lochmatter, Thanyapura’s Director of Business Development, commented; “We are truly honored to receive the awards that SPIA Asia has given. We are committed not only to developing the Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort, but also helping to highlight the beautiful country of Thailand as a top sports destination in Asia – and beyond.”

The SPIA Asia awards are held annually over a 2-day period to celebrate the organisations that positively influence Asia’s sporting landscape. It is committed to raising funds for local development initiatives, along with bringing together leaders within the industry to discuss the ways in which the face of sport is changing in the region. This year’s conference explored topics like ‘Thailand’s Sporting Boom’, ‘Tennis in Asia’ and ‘Why Sports Wins in a Fragmented Media Age’. More than 300 delegates and 20 international speakers attended the 2017 conference, which culminated with the black-tie Awards Gala Dinner.

Thanyapura was shortlisted alongside leading programs like the FC Bayern Munich Youth Cup Thailand and the Bangkok Airways Boutique Series. Categories highlight organisations under themes like Best Global Sports Organisation Operating in Asia, Best Sports Tourism Destination of the Year, Best Live Experience at a Sporting Event and Best Sports Event Hospitality Offering. The main objective of SPIA Asia’s 2-day event is to develop and bring together Asia’s sports industry, and to support Pan-Asia industry growth and best practices.

To find out more about SPIA Asia’s mission and philosophy, visit their website. For a full list of 2017’s finalists, click here.

24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon to See Defending Champions and Elite Pros

The Race of Legends once again features a strong pro athlete line up, vying for USD 20,000 prize purse on Sunday 19 November in Phuket, Thailand. Headlining this year’s pro field are defending champions Michael Raelert (Germany) and Amelia Watkinson (New Zealand). Michael Raelert is a two time Ironman 70.3 World Champion. He has won the Laguna Phuket Triathlon twice and this year is aiming for a title hattrick in Phuket, something that has never been done before in the event’s 23 year history. The move is also an attempt to catch up with Massimo Cigana (Italy) who currently holds four-time LPT champion status. Amelia Watkinson has had a slow start to the season but has won her last two races, the Ironman 70.3 Philippines and Ironman 70.3 Bintan. She has spent some time recently training in Phuket which should have prepared her well to defend her title.

24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon to See Defending Champions and Elite Pros Vying for USD 20,000 Prize Purse This 19th November in Phuket, Thailand
Michael Raelert (Germany)
24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon to See Defending Champions and Elite Pros Vying for USD 20,000 Prize Purse This 19th November in Phuket, Thailand
Amelia Watkinson (New Zealand)
24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon to See Defending Champions and Elite Pros Vying for USD 20,000 Prize Purse This 19th November in Phuket, Thailand
Antony Costes (France)

Other notable pros on the men’s side are Cigana’s fellow Italian Alberto Casadei, co-champion in 2014. Another pro to watch is Antony Costes from France, a rising talent on the international triathlon scene. Nicknamed “The Tiger”, Antony finished second at Laguna last year and will try to do one better this year. He recently won Ironman Spain in the world class time of 7:49:19h, the second fastest time over the Ironman distance in the world this year.

In the women’s field Phuket based Brit Imogen Simmonds is hoping to show her recent good form at her home race. In her first year as a pro Imo was slowed down by a broken collar bone early in the year but has hit form of late finishing fourth in a strong women’s field at Ironman 70.3 Vichy. She will try to improve on her fourth place at Laguna Phuket in 2016. Another contender in the women’s race will be Yvonne van Vlerken. Yvonne has been a top Iron distance athlete for a long time and her recent win at Challenge Almere in a time of 8:51:13 was the thirteenth time she broke the nine hour barrier, a world record.

24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon, comprising 1.8Km swim, 50Km bike and 12K run in Asia’s premier destination resort “Laguna Phuket” area as well as various scenic locations in Thalang District of Phuket Island, is scheduled this year for Sunday 19 November, and once again to be participated by thousands of athletes and spectators from around the world.

Celebrating Laguna Phuket’s 30th anniversary, this year’s LPT will also include an inaugural Laguna Phuket Tri Charity Fun Run. Scheduled for Saturday 18 November to feature 5Km and 10Km runs for everyone in the family, the Charity Fun Run aims at raising funds for its charity partner “Kao Project” to support hospitals in Thailand.

Registration for both events opens until 13 November (or until sold-out) at www.LagunaPhuketTri.com