4,000 runners compete at 4th Supersports 10 Mile International Run 2018 Phuket Presented by Thanyapura

PHUKET, Thailand – A weekend of sporting fun saw a record-breaking 4,000 runners enjoy the 4th Supersports 10 Mile International Run 2018 Phuket Presented by Thanyapura. Held on 24th and 25th March at the award-winning Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort, there was something for everyone with distances including a 500 metre Kids Run, 3 Mile (4.8km), 5 Mile (8km) and the iconic 10 Mile (16km) run, all part of a “Run Festival” concept that has seen the event grow to become one of Phuket’s leading sports events.

Supersports 10 Mile International Run 2018 Phuket Presented by Thanyapura was officially opened by Mr. Sanith Sriwihok, Vice Governor of Phuket (5th from left), together with VIPs from the sports and tourism industries, including Mr. Tony Morton, President of CRC Sports (6th from left); Ms. Siraporn Wattana, Vice President – Marketing of Supersports (7th from left); and Mr. Edgar Toral, Vice President of Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort (8th from left).

Officially opened by Phuket’s Vice Governor, Mr. Sanith Sriwihok, the two days saw lots of fun activities, a kids zone, an evening concert headlined by Modern Dog on Saturday 24th March, as well as medals for all finishers and trophies for the respective distance winners.

“It’s been an excellent two days and we are happy to see so many people enjoying the Supersports 10 Mile International Run 2018 Phuket. We broke last year’s record number of participants and the feedback this year has again been very encouraging. We look forward to making the event even bigger and better next year,” said Miss Siraporn Wattana, Vice President of Marketing, Supersports.

“As well as providing an enjoyable experience for all involved, we are very proud to be able to give back to the local community. A portion of the entry fees from this years event will be donated to Wat Mongkol Wararam School” added Miss Wattana.

Speaking of Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort’s role in the development of sports on the island, President and CEO Mr. Philipp Graf von Hardenberg, said “Our philosophy at Thanyapura is to “Optimise Your Life” and the Supersports 10 Mile International Run 2018 Phuket Presented by Thanyapura is a perfect example of how you can do that, bringing together people of all backgrounds and abilities for a fun and healthy activity. We have hosted this event for four years and it’s encouraging to see how much it has grown over that time and we look forward to working with Supersports for many years to come.”

Results

Top Three Overall – 10 Mile International category
Male 
1) Nattawat Innum (THA) (00:53:45)
2) Nattawut Innum (THA) (00:54:42)
3) Miller Kipruto Ngetich (KEN) (00:58:35)

Female
1) Margaret Wangui Njuguna (KEN) (01:01:53)
2) Imogen Simmonds (CHE) (01:04:55)
3) Vivian Tang (SGP) (01:10:14)

Top Three Overall – 10 Mile Thai category
Male 
1) Nattawat Innum (53:45)
2) Nattawut Innum (54:42)
3) Danchai Pankong (01:01:15)

Female
1) Chothip Kan-Uam (01:14:23)
2) Wipawee Pratumsuwan (01:15:51)
3) Piyanut Prongpan (01:19:53)

Overall – 5 Mile
Male
1) Callum Pedroni (GBR) (00:31:52)

Female
1) Srirung Kongthap (THA) (00:43:03)

Overall – 3 Mile
Male
1) Edwin Dixon (GBR)

Female
1) Nadine Brelstaff (GBR)

Full results for the 10 Mile are at https://www.sportstats.asia/display-results.xhtml?raceid=96400.
Full results for the 5 Mile are at https://www.sportstats.asia/display-results.xhtml?raceid=96401.

Laguna Phuket host and sponsor of 2018 Asian Development Tour event

Laguna Phuket has become the joint title sponsor of an All Thailand Golf Tour professional event to be held on the award-winning course in May.

The 2018 Singha Laguna Phuket Open, a repeat of last year’s highly successful inaugural event, will be held from 9-13 May as a co-sanctioned Asian Development Tour event with Laguna Golf Phuket and Singha Corporation as headline sponsors.

The top five players will be eligible to compete in selected Asian Tour tournaments.

While a repeat of the 2017 event’s exceptional scoring – including a 59 by Sutijet Kooratanapisan – is less likely due to toughening of the layout, low scores and plenty of excitement are anticipated on the popular course within the Laguna Phuket resort.

Asian Tour chief operating officer Cho Minn Thant (left), All Thailand Golf Tour commissioner Jakraphong Thongyai (centre) and Laguna Golf assistant vice president/group golf director Paul Wilson (right) with the Singha Laguna Phuket Open 2018 trophy.

The THB 2 million prizemoney event is one of 10 on the All Thailand Golf Tour (ATGT) calendar in 2018 and one of 23 Asian Development Tour tournaments.

This year is the 20th anniversary of the ATGT, which has fostered many of Thailand’s best players, such as Kiradech Aphibarnrat, currently ranked 40 in the world, to become international stars.

Laguna Golf Phuket’s assistant vice president and group golf director, Paul Wilson, says feedback from last year’s tournament resulted in course enhancements, including the removal of some bunkers and the addition of new tee boxes. Fairways are being narrowed and rough enhanced for the 2018 tournament.

“There was an immediate increase in domestic and regional visitors to the course and resort following the 2017 tournament, aided by live TV coverage in Thailand and highlights packages aired in 19 other countries.”

Laguna Golf Phuket is a drawcard for golf visitors to Phuket from Thailand and around the world. It has twice been awarded the mantle of Thailand’s best golf course and in 2016 was named Asia’s best golf course at the World Golf Awards in Portugal.

All Thailand Golf Tour commissioner, Jakraphong Thongyai, says the Singha Laguna Phuket Open offers another opportunity for young professional and amateur golfers to test their skills against peers on a highly attractive, risk-and-reward course.

“It provides another venue for up-and-coming stars of the future. They are all very excited to compete in such an appealing location,” he says.

Asian Tour chief operating officer, Cho Minn Thant, who attended the ATGT 2018 season launch in Bangkok last week, says the addition of Phuket to the Asian Development Tour schedule has been a major boost for players.

“Phuket is an awesome destination. Players love going there, especially as some tournaments are on the outskirts of major centres, whereas Phuket is internationally recognised and highly regarded.

“We also have good memories from the Singha Thailand Open held at the same course in 2009, before it was remodelled. We are again looking forward to some low scoring again this year. It is also great that recreational golfers who play at Laguna Golf Phuket will be able to see how the pros play the course.”

Laguna Phuket Marathon to provide authentic Phuket experience for 8,000+ athletes

PHUKET, Thailand – Organisers of South East Asia’s leading destination marathon, Laguna Phuket Marathon, will put Phuket food front and centre at this year’s event when the 8,000+ athletes will literally get a taste of Phuket from locally grown fruits that will be available at stations on the half marathon and full marathon courses.

In line with Phuket’s recognition by UNESCO as a ‘City of Gastronomy’, showcasing authentic local foods and supporting the local community is at the heart of the 2018 event where 80% of the runners attend from outside of Phuket.

“Laguna Phuket Marathon is very much a destination event. We have runners participating from more than 50 countries and many come with families and friends, and make a vacation around the event. In addition to the course, which takes in Phuket’s stunning coastline and the beautiful surrounds of Laguna Phuket, this year we really wanted to showcase Phuket further and chose to do this through food. Specifically, we will have locally grown fruits available at some of the stations on the run course this year,” said Mr. Roman Floesser, General Manager of the event’s organiser, Go Adventure Asia.

Also new this year is a Marathon Team Relay category, whereby four people run equal distances in a relay format over the full marathon distance, and improvements have been made to the half and full marathon courses which will make the event even more popular with runners throughout Thailand and from around the world.

For the 13th consecutive year, Laguna Phuket Marathon has been certified by AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) and is a qualifying event for the world-famous Boston Marathon. This, together with the international-standard which saw Laguna Phuket Marathon win GOLD for “Best Amateur Sports Event of the Year in Thailand” at the 2017 Asia Sports Industry Awards, professional timing by Sportstats Asia and the world-class facilities of Laguna Phuket make Laguna Phuket Marathon one of the leading destination marathons in South East Asia which attracts runners from more than 50 countries this year.

“Laguna Phuket Marathon is in line with our own vision and philosophy – promoting a positive healthy lifestyle, working with the local community and developing long-term sustainable benefits for Phuket as a whole. It helps promote Phuket tourism, attracts quality tourists and showcases the beauty of Phuket’s Green Season. And now the event is held over two days it allows more people to come and compete and enjoy Phuket at the same time,” said Mr. Anthony Loh, Senior Assistant Vice President of Laguna Phuket.

“Like all of our destination events such as the Triathlon and Food & Music Festival, what makes the Marathon very special is that Laguna Phuket uses large-scale events like this as a platform to raise awareness and funds for many charitable causes and projects operated by “Laguna Phuket Foundation”. Last year, to celebrate Laguna Phuket’s 30th Anniversary, Laguna Phuket Foundation launched “Children First Fund” or “CFF” to support more than 400 orphans in seven orphanages in Phuket. We hope the contribution continues this year at all of Laguna Phuket events including the upcoming Marathon.

“Like every year, hundreds of Laguna Phuket associates and management will also run to help raise funds. We’d like to encourage participants, runners, spectators and everyone to help make donation, either by direct donation upon registration, in donation boxes at CSR booth at the Marathon or contact us at CSR@lagunaphuket.com.”

Speaking of the entries to date, Floesser commented, “The number of entries received so far is beyond our expectations. In fact, we received more than 1,000 entries within two weeks of last year’s event finishing alone. I expect the total this year to exceed last year’s record – we are planning for more than 8,000 runners.”

Held over two days, organisers expect more than 8,000 athletes to take part this year, breaking last years record of 7,000. In the afternoon of 9th June the event will start with the Kids Run (2km) followed by the 5km and 10.5km distances. At sunrise on 10th June the 21.097km (half marathon), 42.195km (marathon) and Marathon Team Relay runners will compete.

Prices start from 550 baht for the 5km distance. Early Bird prices finish on 28th February. Registrations can be made online at www.phuketmarathon.com/registration.

For more information, visit www.phuketmarathon.com or www.facebook.com/phuketmarathon.

Date change announcement “2018 Laguna Phuket Triathlon”

We wish to officially announce that the celebratory dates for the 25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT)’s race weekend will be changed from Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 November 2018 to Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 November 2018.

The 2nd Laguna Phuket Tri Charity Fun Run will now take place on Saturday 17 November while the 25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon race and inaugural 25-For-25 Sprint will be on Sunday 18 November 2018

Registration for the three races is now open at www.LagunaPhuketTri.com. Super Early Bird rate is extended till Monday 5 March 2018.

The above decision is made to allow coexistence of multiple sporting events in Phuket.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused and look forward to celebrating LPT’s big 25 with you.

Thanyapura Hosts Phuket’s First Ever Triathlon Mixed Relay Event “Thanyapura Relay Triathlon”

Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort successfully launched its first Relay Triathlon event on 21 January 2018. This new style of triathlon race is modeled on the Olympic event, and was open to anyone over the age of 8 who was interested in tackling a new and exciting challenge. Teams of 4 tackled the course, with every team member needing to finish the course; a 300m swim, 8km bike ride and 2km run. There were no age restrictions within the groups – instead it focused on excellent teamwork skills and individualised time challenges.

Winner team: The Bois
Members: Russell Liew, Rishi Asher, Randall Liew, and Saryu Onishi
Waii Kamolchanok Kornkaew (2nd person from the left)
Thailand National Triathlete
Race Briefing by Coach Ricky, Triathlon Head Coach

 

Event Atmosphere


Russell Liew, Rishi Asher, Randall Liew, and Saryu Onishi from the winner team expressed their feelings that, “It was a great race, the course is so short and pretty quick and fast. We can say this race is different. Usually, we turned up and most of the time we just did the race for ourselves. But when we get together as a small team, everyone else has to push harder and we all pushing each other”. As well as Kamolchanok Kornkaew, Thailand National Triathlete, added more that “I was so happy and excited to join Thanyapura Relay Triathlon which is uniquely presented as a new format of triathlon programme same as Olympic Style. Next time, surely I will come back to break my record that I have done today. The event has been very well organised, not only the overall but also included racecourse”

Paolo Randone, Thanyapura’s Vice President, reflected on the event by saying, “Team Relays are the future of Triathlon, and this new format reflects that of the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games event in Tokyo, Japan. We are proud to start it here at Thanyapura as we are committed to the growth of this great sport in Thailand, and in Asia.”

Triathlon Relay is a new sport discipline that is quickly gaining worldwide popularity – both amongst competitors and spectators – and in the summer of 2017 the International Olympic Committee announced that the event would be included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. It is increasingly seen as the next innovation of the sport of triathlon.

Typically, triathlons are solo events, in which each athlete pushes themselves to their limits by swimming, cycling, and running vast distances and through challenging terrains. But with triathlon mixed relays, each athlete puts on a blast of speed to complete a shorter course before tagging their teammate to then take over. Marisol Casado, President of International Triathlon Union and International Olympic Committee Member, said: “This is an event that demonstrates that women and men can compete together but both are equally important to the success of the team.”

The Olympic-style triathlon mixed relays include teams consisting of 2 men and 2 women who work together to each complete a 300m swim, 8km bike ride and 2km run. The pace is lightning fast, the energy levels are sky high, and anything can happen during the event. Although 2020 will be the first time that triathlon mixed relays will be included in an Olympic programme, they already take place at the Youth Olympic Games and the Asian Games, and have recently been added to the Pan American Games programme.

Thanyapura is due to host one more Relay Triathlon in September 2018. For more information and to register, click here, or email info@thanyapura.com

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.

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

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