Kenya win Third Supersports 10-Mile International Run 2017 Phuket

PHUKET, THAILAND – Kenyan runners crossed the finish line at Thanyapura, taking top spots for the third year in row alongside German, Singaporean, and Thai finishers. 785 participants (239 women and 543 men) competed in the 10-Mile race.

David Kibet, who won the 2016 race, finished the 10-mile race in 52 minutes and four seconds. Fellow Kenyan athlete, David Chepkwony took the silver at 54 minutes and 43 seconds. Andreas Dreitz, six-time German Ironman 703 European Champion, finished with a time of 56 minutes and 42 seconds.

A new women’s champion was crowned with Carolyne Mitei of Kenya finishing at 1 hour, 4 minutes and 5 seconds. Ethiopia Gebremeskel of Ethiopia followed in second place at 1 hour, 7 minutes and 6 seconds. Vivian Tang, Singapore’s “Fastest Female Marathoner” claimed the bronze with a time of 1 hour, 7 minutes and 25 seconds.

Kenya win Third Supersports 10-Mile International Run 2017 Phuket 2,500 runners turned out for the sold-out race including six-time Ironman Champion Andreas Dreitz
Top male overall finishers of the 10-Mile: David Kibet (1st place), David Chepkwony (2nd place) and Andreas Dreitz (3rd place)
Kenya win Third Supersports 10-Mile International Run 2017 Phuket 2,500 runners turned out for the sold-out race including six-time Ironman Champion Andreas Dreitz
Top female overall finisher of the 10-Mile: Carolyne Mitei (1st place)

The Thai runners who rounded out the podium, finished top places in the Thai category:


  • 1st place – Thanit Kanpai – 01:07:11.0
  • 2nd place – Wattana Sentong – 01:07:14.4
  • 3rd place – Pantap Punyawantanee – 01:08:10.2


  • 1st place – Wilaiwan Kumpituk – 01:11:35.6
  • 2nd place – Suchada Wattanawes – 01:19:52.9
  • 3rd place – Piyanut Prongpan – 01:22:16.1

“I feel good today. Because I was here last year and I win again. This year, I’m happy to defend again. The race was good and humid. I’ll also join next year. This year, I ran 51 minutes. Last year I ran 50 minutes,” said David Kibet (Kenya), 1st place male overall finisher.

“I’m very happy to be the winner of 10 Mile this day. This is my first time to run the 10-Mile in Thailand. Thank you all,” said Carolyne Mitei (Kenya), 1st place female overall finisher.

“I took the chance to test myself and my limits here. It’s a great race and so much fun, to run around Thanyapura’s areas. I had no chance to follow the fast guys but I’m more than happy to take third place,” said Andreas Dreitz (Germany), 3rd place overall male finisher and part of the German team erdinger alkoholfrei.

“I’m very happy. I’m enjoying the scenery and nature as I run. Everything here was well- prepared. The race was perfect. I was here last year and I’ll come back next year,” said Khun Wilaiwan Kumpituk (Thailand), 1st place female Thai finisher.

“Today’s event is a colourful one for Phuket as a province, especially during school holidays. It’s considered a successful event as over 2,500 runners showed up. It supports sports tourism because athletes come from domestic and global markets. We hope Thanyapura and Supersports can continue to build the race’s reputation on a global and professional scale,” said Anoma Wongyai, Director of TAT Phuket.

Kenya win Third Supersports 10-Mile International Run 2017 Phuket 2,500 runners turned out for the sold-out race including six-time Ironman Champion Andreas Dreitz
From left to right: Mr. Philipp Graf von Hardenberg (President and CEO of Thanyapura), Dr. Chokechai Dejamornthan (Phuket Governor), Mr. Tony Morton (President of Supersports), Paolo Randone (Chief Operating Officer of Thanyapura), and Anoma Wongyai (Director of TAT Phuket)

“This is the first time I’ve been to the 10-Mile Run – the first serious race for me. I come to Thanyapura frequently, since they hold many events throughout the year,” said Metinee Kingpayom, Thai model and actress.

In addition to the 10-Mile, 820 runners (392 women, 427 men) competed in the 5-Mile race.

Now in its third year, the Supersports 10-Mile International Run 2017 Phuket continues to entice recreational runners and renowned athletes to its tranquil and picturesque route – set amid the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park and Northern Phuket’s rubber plantations. 2,500 runners competed in the 10-mile, 5-mile, 2-mile and children’s 500-metre categories.

Kenya win Third Supersports 10-Mile International Run 2017 Phuket 2,500 runners turned out for the sold-out race including six-time Ironman Champion Andreas Dreitz

Kenya win Third Supersports 10-Mile International Run 2017 Phuket 2,500 runners turned out for the sold-out race including six-time Ironman Champion Andreas Dreitz

Kenya win Third Supersports 10-Mile International Run 2017 Phuket 2,500 runners turned out for the sold-out race including six-time Ironman Champion Andreas Dreitz

The event’s success is made possible by these sponsors: Supersports, New Balance, Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort, Gatorade, Johnson Health Tech (Thailand), Krungthai Card Public Co. Ltd (KTC), Thai Health Promotion Foundation, CRG, Mister Donut, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, FamilyMart, Tanita, New) TV 18, Aquafina, Radio Trip 89.75, Khao Phuket, Sports Authority of Thailand, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Ministry of Tourism & Sports and Anda Focus.

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Thousands to “Run Paradise” at 2017 Laguna Phuket Marathon

PHUKET, Thailand – The world-famous Laguna Phuket Marathon is set to celebrate its 12th year with a record turnout of more than 7,000 runners from over 40 countries. Sanctioned by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, the Laguna Phuket Marathon is held from sunset to sunrise over two days – 3rd and 4th June, 2017 – and is organised by leading sports management company Go Adventure Asia with professional timing and results by Sportstats Asia, ensuring the highest of international standards.

Thousands to “Run Paradise” at 2017 Laguna Phuket Marathon South East Asia's leading destination marathon to take place 3rd and 4th June, 2017

The leading destination marathon in South East Asia, and Phuket’s largest sports event, runners will compete across five distances – 2km Kids Run, 5km Run, 10.5km Run, Half Marathon (21.097km) and Marathon (42.195km) – with almost 2,000 people already signed up for the iconic marathon distance.

Joining a team of Event Ambassadors throughout Asia, Patcharasri “Kalamare” Benjamas has been appointed as Thailand Ambassador to encourage more people to run through the #MyFirstTime campaign. Using the hashtag on social media, runners can share their new experiences with the community and inspire more people to enjoy the health benefits of running. Kalamare will be running #MyFirstTime at Laguna Phuket Marathon in June.

“We are on track for a record turnout this year – registrations are already high and we expect more than 7,000 runners to take part. In addition to a strong domestic turnout, we will be welcoming more international runners than ever before. The attraction of Phuket, the beautiful course and facilities of Laguna Phuket make the event a true destination marathon,” said Mr. Roman Floesser, General Manager of the event’s organiser, Go Adventure Asia.

With Phuket as a drawcard, more than 60% of participants fly in specifically for the event and take advantage of Laguna Phuket’s facilities and beachfront location, to enjoy an extended holiday on the island.

“Laguna Phuket Marathon has been a pivotal destination event since the very beginning. It is in line with our own vision and philosophy to promote a positive healthy lifestyle, working with the local community and to develop long-term sustainable benefits for everyone. It is a platform to raise awareness and funds for charitable causes and projects operated by “Laguna Phuket Foundation”, and this year we will launch our “Children First Fund” to support more than 400 orphans in 7 orphanages in Phuket,” commented Mr. Ravi Chandran, Managing Director of Laguna Phuket.

“Phuket is one of the MICE city that has a well-developed economy and infrastructure, and is capable of hosting incentives and business meetings, as well as international festivals and mega events. Laguna Phuket Marathon has grown continuously over the years and is an excellent showcase of the city’s facilities and capability to host large-scale events which attracts thousands of international visitors to the city each year,” said Ms. Jaruwan Suwannasat, Director, Exhibition and Event, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau.

“Laguna Phuket Marathon is unique. The two day format allows more people to take part while ensuring a quality experience, and entire families can come and take part in Phuket’s largest sports event while enjoying a holiday at the same time. The event is an important revenue generator for Phuket during the island’s Green Season,” added Floesser.

Amari Phuket wins cup at The 8th Thalang Chana Suek Mini-Marathon

Amari Phuket wins cup at The 8th Thalang Chana Suek Mini-Marathon

From left to right: Thirawan Sichuen (Manager, Housekeeping at Amari Phuket)
and Piraphol Hayeechema (Director, Finance at Amari Phuket)

Phuket, 15 March 2017 – Two representatives of Amari Phuket’s management team, Thirawan Sichuen – Manager, Housekeeping (left), and Piraphol Hayeechema – Director, Finance (right), recently participated in the Eight Thalang Chana Suek Mini-marathon to race for the royal cup of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The marathon was organised at Thalang Victory Monument in Phuket. Amari Phuket won the trophy for the 10.5-kilometre mini-marathon for females aged 45 to 49 years old.

Double Cheer for Laguna Golf at the 17th Annual IAGTO Awards 2017

Double Cheer for Laguna Golf at the 17th Annual IAGTO Awards 2017 Laguna Golf Lăng Cô voted Golf Resort of the Year • Laguna Golf Phuket named Sustainability Award for Community Value
Mr Paul Wilson – Laguna Golf Assistant Vice President / Group Golf Director and Ms Chi Phan – Laguna Lăng Cô Assistant Vice President, Director of Operations (L-R) with the award trophies at the ceremony.

Laguna Golf was honoured with a double win at the prestigious 17th annual International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) Awards 2017 held in conjunction with the International Golf Travel Market in Mallorca, Spain on 17 November 2016.

Laguna Golf Lăng Cô was voted for the first time as 2017 IAGTO Golf Resort of the Year while Laguna Golf Phuket won the 2017 IAGTO Sustainability Award for Community Value. The gala ceremony was attended by 1200 golf industry professionals from 70 countries.

Mr Paul Wilson, Laguna Golf Assistant Vice President / Group Golf Director said, “Laguna Golf, part of Banyan Tree Group, is proud to be recognised by the established IAGTO Awards with two prestigious awards. Echoing the Group’s ethos of Asian-inspired hospitality and sustainability, IAGTO provides the platform for us to raise the bar and spur us to be forward-thinking in the continual strive for service excellence while leading the way in sustainability for a superior golf experience.”

Ms Chi Phan, Laguna Lăng Cô Assistant Vice President, Director of Operations added: “Winning the IAGTO Golf Resort of the Year award is a significant milestone and recognition to Laguna Golf Lăng Cô team’s dedication in providing high quality resort and course facilities with exceptional experience. It comes on the heels of the recent 2nd annual Laguna Golf Classic hosted by Laguna Golf brand ambassador and course designer Sir Nick Faldo and we are set to welcome our guests for the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final in March 2017.”
Established in 2000, The IAGTO Awards are the annual Awards of the global golf tourism industry. As the global trade organization, IAGTO Awards recognise the best-performing golf resorts in three regions based on the highest vote count: North America, Europe and the Rest of the World. Votes were cast by 640 IAGTO member golf tour operators in 61 countries which oversaw more than 85% of all golf holiday packages sold worldwide with annual sales of over US%1 billion.

At the same Awards Gala Dinner, held in the city of Palma, the 5th IAGTO Sustainability Awards continues to recognise golf clubs, resorts and destinations that lead the way in sustainability. In partnership with GEO (Golf Environment Organization) the awards celebrate and publicise the excellent work that many of IAGTO’s 820 golf course and golf resort members are doing in this field. The stringent judging was based on expert evaluation from GEO.

Situated about an hour’s drive from Danang International Airport, Laguna Golf Lăng Cô is located within the greater Laguna Lăng Cô, a US$ 200 million fully-integrated resort development by Banyan Tree Group and the first in Vietnam.

Laguna Golf Lăng Cô is one of the “must-go” golf destinations in Vietnam’s central coast area and is the first in the country to have Zoysia fairways and Tiff Eagle greens. The course is nestled between mountains and sea on a sandy strip of dune land that is perfect for golf. The unique environs feature rice paddies, soaring trees, “blowout” areas, creeks, streams and dramatic rock outcrops on oceanfront footage. This 6,961-yard, par-71 course is the 26th course designed by Sir Nick Faldo, the six-time Major winner and is arguable his boldest and best creation yet.

Commenting on Laguna Golf Phuket winning the IAGTO Sustainability Award for Community Value, GEO Chief Executive Jonathan Smith said: “Laguna Golf Phuket, in Thailand, has been dedicated to community relations and corporate social responsibility since its establishment in 1984 within the grounds of a disused tin mine. By turning profits back into key ethically motivated purposes – cultural diversity, social equity, educational empowerment, promotion of health and sports, and environmental preservation – the resort is able to function as a community within a community, safeguarding its ecological and cultural heritage and promoting a shared prosperity. For this reason and the wider value it provides, Laguna Golf Phuket wins the Community Value category.”

Sir Nick Faldo Re-launches Newly Renovated Laguna Golf Bintan

Laguna Golf Bintan unveiled its upgraded oceanfront golf course on 3 – 4 November 2016 at its grand re-opening event, graced by six-time Major winner and Laguna Golf ambassador Sir Nick Faldo.

Attended by 110 invited guests and regional golf media, the event comprised a series of activities with media conference, exclusive golf clinic by Sir Nick Faldo, 18-hole gourmet golf tournament with special Cassia Bintan hole-in-one prize, evening cocktails followed by gala awards dinner.
Sir Nick Faldo Re-launches Newly Renovated Laguna Golf Bintan
After the major revamp, Laguna Golf Bintan now reopens as an 18-hole championship golf course, featuring awe-inspiring beachfront holes with views of the South China Sea on both front and back nine, while playing through tranquil lagoons, lush jungle and Bintan’s famous rugged rocks on 60-hectare of tropical paradise.
Sir Nick Faldo Golf Clinic Golf legend Sir Nick Faldo said, “I’ve been a big fan of the Banyan Tree brand and visited Banyan Tree Phuket resort 25 years ago. After designing the Laguna Lăng Cô golf course, I am proud to be the ambassador of the Laguna Golf brand. It is my first time here in Laguna Bintan and I’m blown away by the natural beauty of this resort.”

Banyan Tree Senior Vice President and Laguna Resorts & Hotels Managing Director Mr Ravi Chandran said, “The extensive upgrade over the past 12 months had brought the course to a higher level complementing Banyan Tree and Angsana resorts in Laguna Bintan.”
Sir Nick Faldo Re-launches Newly Renovated Laguna Golf Bintan
“With the third hotel brand’s new property Cassia Bintan slated to open in mid 2017, the golf course will add to the lifestyle aspiration of our guests and potential homeowners as a lifestyle golf membership comes with each apartment purchase. Just a short 45-minute ferry from Singapore, we believe our integrated Laguna Bintan destination will attract more Singaporean and regional golfers and guests.”

Golfers at the signature hole 17 of Laguna Golf Bintan “The course layout is remarkably strong in terms of design and playability. This re-launch marked the completion of its Phase One plans. Natural surroundings were accentuated with all greens rebuilt and landscapes replanted. New golf carts were added and the clubhouse was improved. The Phase Two will focus on enhancing the golf course conditions such as fairway grasses and operational touches.”
The grand re-opening ceremony featured the official ribbon-cutting ceremony, a rousing lion dance performance and SPH Golf Card launch honouring Sir Nick as its first premier member. It was followed by a sumptuous lunch spread at the golf clubhouse. At the golf clinic, Sir Nick dispensed valuable golfing tips and techniques to the keen golfers.
Sir Nick Faldo Re-launches Newly Renovated Laguna Golf Bintan
Besides enjoying an exciting game, the highlight of the 18-hole gourmet golf tournament was the Hole-in-One prize of a one-bedroom seafront apartment in Cassia Bintan worth SGD 255,000. It also included five ‘live’ stations showcasing the gastronomy of different resort resturants from Banyan Tree’s Tree Tops Indonesian cuisine to Angsana’s Pantai Grill seafood dishes. Two spa stations by Banyan Tree and Angsana Spas pampered the guests with a neck and shoulder massage experience.

The evening coctails and gala awards dinner took place at Angsana Lotus Café donned with contemporary lights and tropical island concept setting with a grand stage. Highlights of the entertaining performance included a Melayu Dance, “Colours of Indonesia” Traditional Costume Fashion Show, Upclose With Sir Nick Faldo Session and vibrant band performance.

The award presentation featured five Nearest to the Pin novelty prizes, top three best Team Winners and two Individual Winners, with luxurious stays around the Banyan Tree Group.

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