5 November 2009 – Vice Phuket Governor Tree Akkaradecha yesterday at the City Hall chaired the meeting with coordinator from Laguna Phuket and concerning officers, to discussed this year triathlon event.

Phuket Province to collaborate with Laguna Phuket to organise The 16th Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2009 in the end of this year.

The event will took place on Sunday 6 December, at Laguna Phuket resorts area, in Cherngtalay Sub-district. The idea is to encourage activities and to attract domestic and international tourists as well as to promote tourism in Andaman region.

950 triathletes from around the world will take part in the competition. 6 of which are world champions who confirmed to be competing in this year’s “Race of Legends” for USD20,000 prize.

The triathlon comprises a 1.8k swim, 55k cycle and 12k run. The 6k Fun Run is still open for entries.

The Laguna Phuket Triathlon organisers are excited to announce that German triathlete Jan Frodeno, who won his country’s first triathlon gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in August 2008, will be competing in this year’s “Race of Legends” in Phuket on 6 December.

In Beijing Frodeno edged out the pre race favourites in an exciting sprint finish to win a surprise gold medal.  Frodeno has also recently struck a gold win in the ITU World Championship Series in Yokohama.

Making his debut in Phuket, Frodeno’s presence will certainly add to the excitement as he battles it out with Australian defending champion Richie Cunningham and 2007 Laguna Phuket Triathlon champion, Massimo Cigana from Italy.

Laguna’s reigning women’s champion Belinda Granger of Australia will defend her crown following her maiden victory last year. Just three months after surgery on her Iliac artery, Granger returned to competition in style claiming victory in the Honolulu Ironman 70.3, and pushing 2006 Ironman 70.3 World Champion Samantha McGlone into second place. Granger’s dynamism and winning spirit has also awarded her a recent second place in the Subaru Ironman Canada.

Now in its sixteenth year, the Laguna Phuket Triathlon is supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Airways International. Renowned as the “Race of Legends”, the Laguna Phuket Triathlon boasts possibly more world champions racing in past fields than any other race in the world short of the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii.

Apart from a tremendously exciting pro race, race organisers also anticipate the largest field ever at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2009.  For the fifth consecutive year entries to the individual race have completely sold out with 950 individual athletes registered. In addition, 50 teams will be taking part in the team relay and there are still places left to enter the 6k Fun Run.

For more information, visit www.lagunaphukettriathlon.com.