Hotel Badminton Teams Raise Funds for Phuket School

PHUKET — Over 150 hoteliers from 20 resorts in the Phuket area came together to participate in the Outrigger Charity Badminton Tournament, held August 4 at the PK Arena Badminton Club in Thalang, central Phuket.

Participants at the Outrigger Charity Badminton Tournament: promoting health and raising funds for Baan Kok Wat Mai School in Phuket

Funds raised will go towards the Baan Kok Wat Mai School where Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort has undertaken several long-term projects, such as library renovation, school toilet enhancements, and upgrading the playground, canteen and classrooms.

Each hotel team contributed THB3,500 to compete in men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles matches. Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort finished the day as overall champion after nearly 10 hours of competition.

“I’d like to thank all the hotel teams who participated,” said Leah Matters, Resort Manager at the Outrigger. “The players showed great spirit and sportsmanship to raise funds for a worthy cause – and to promote physical health benefits through sport.”

Badminton is a very popular sport in Thailand. It is included in the school sports curriculum. The current number-one female player in the world is a Thai national, Ratchanok Intanon.

Results: Men’s double, Women’s Double and Mixed Double, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa is the champion beat Andara Resort & Villa. Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort finished the tournament in the third place.

The 14th Mai Khao Marine Turtle Fun Run and Half Marathon 2018 Will Be Bigger and Better Than Ever

Phuket, Thailand – 2 August, 2018: The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation in collaboration with JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa and its foundation partners will host its annual fundraising sports event, the 14th Mai Khao Turtle Fun Run and Half Marathon 2018, which will be taking place on Sunday October 21st, from 5.30 am – 8.30 am, at the Phuket Gateway.

The event is set to be even bigger and better than ever; fun fitness and family oriented affair with open for all ages and public. Following the huge success of 2017, the event is hoping to attract more than 4,500 runners.

There are 3km family run, 5km fun run, 10km mini marathon, new distance 21km half marathon; and VIP run for all distance.

New this year is The 21km Half Marathon, The race starts at 5.30 am at Phuket Gateway and goes northwest along the Haad Sai Kaew beach towards Thao Thep Krasatti bridge, pass the rural road No. 3006, run along the road – Pi Lai viewpoint area before looping back in front of beach club and returning along the T. Baan Tha Nun to the iconic Sarasin bridge before finishing where it started.

The entry fee is 400 Baht per person for normal 5km ; 500 Baht per person for mini marathon 10km; 650 Baht per person for 21km half marathon; 1500 Baht per person for VIP run for all distance (guaranteed trophy) and 1,500 Baht per family (2 adults and maximum 2 children aged under 12 years old) for 3km family run category.

The money raised will go towards to The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, which is committed to protecting the marine and coastal environment and ecosystems for the wellbeing of the sea turtles that nest in the Mai Khao beach and the surrounding areas.

For online registration is available from now until September 30, logon to https://www.phuketsoftevents.com/?page=turtleFunRun14
(Closure of Registration when hit 4,500 entrants)

Or Walk-in registration at The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, October 1 – 10, from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.

For receiving the running shirt and bib will be on October 11 – 12 and October 15 – 20, from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm at Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and October 13 – 14 from 10.00 am – 8:00 pm, at Limelight Avenue, Phuket Town.

All registered runners will also receive a running shirt and medal, and there will be numerous trophies for the hotel and running club with the most participants, the heaviest and the best fancy outfit.

Award trophies will be given based on chip time for each age group category, for the top five finishers for males and females in each of the three races (5K, 10K mini marathon and 21K half marathon). The 1st – 5th finishers, overall category of 5k, 10k and 21k will also receive the trophies and gift vouchers.

Thank you to all of the generous sponsors, associates, volunteers and participants. For more information about the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation or be part of this event sponsorship, email info@maikhaomarineturtlefoundation.org or maikhaoturtlefoundation@gmail.com call +66 076 338 000 ext. 3309. Follow us on social media channel https://www.facebook.com/maikhaomarineturtlefoundation

4th ACCOR HOTELS “Heartbreak Hill Mini-Marathon 2018

Following the success of the last three years, Accor Hotels Southern Thailand invites you to take part in another exciting and challenging event. The 4th ACCOR HOTELS “Heartbreak Hill” Mini Marathon will be held in Southern Thailand on Sunday, 16 September 2018 at Khao Khad, Phuket, as part of ACCOR HOTELS CSR’s commitment to Southern Thailand.

The hills around Khao Khad will challenge every runner from start to finish with each climb having a different elevation. Runners will be eager to test themselves against the hills — keep climbing or be beaten. There is no other mini marathon on the island with this type of challenge and excitement.

Cheerleading groups will be around to encourage runners on the hills, together with DJs and more at 11 water station points. All of this will take place in the natural scenery surrounding Khao Kad View Point and Ao Yon.

Runners can register at any of the 17 Accor Hotels in Phuket, from now until 3 August 2018 (Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 17:00) as list below.

1. All Seasons Naiharn Phuket 076 363 666
2. Avista Grande Phuket Karon, MGallery by Sofitel 076 302 660
3. Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong, MGallery by Sofitel 076 681 667
4. Grand Mercure Phuket Patong 076 231 999
5. ibis Phuket Kata 076 363 460
6. ibis Phuket Patong 076 303 860
7. Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach 076 303 700
8. Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa 076 358 666
9. Novotel Phuket Kata Avista Resort and Spa 076 298 892
10. Novotel Phuket Phokeethra 076 397 777
11. Novotel Phuket Resort 076 342 777
12. Novotel Phuket Surin Beach Resort 076 303 300
13. Novotel Phuket Vintage Park Resort 076 380 555
14. Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach 076 303 252
15. Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort 076 602 540
16. Swissotel Resort Phuket Kamala Beach 076 303 300
17. Swissotel Resort Phuket Patong Beach 076 337 000

Register via Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/HeartBreakHillPhuket or e-mail: hbhphuket2018@gmail.com and download the application form via QR code below or link: goo.gl/forms/Lgk6P6LlnS2nMY2x1

All Invited to Visit 25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon Booth at Sahaviriya-Bangkok Triathlon

Laguna Phuket PR & marketing executive Julalak Srijun (far left) with 25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) team will set up a booth this weekend (Friday 6 – Sunday 8 July) at Sahaviriya-Bangkok Triathlon 2018’s Race Venue under Rama 8 Bridge.

Athletes and spectators are invited to visit the 25th LPT Booth to get discount code for “25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon” and “25 For 25 Sprint” (race day is Sunday 18 November 2018) and talk to LPT Squad about family-friendly Charity Fun Run (race day is 17 November 2018) and Children First Fund (CFF). The booth also features super cute “Laguna” mini-mascot, limited-edition plush doll specially made available this year in celebration of LPT’s 25th anniversary. Everyone is invited to join the booth this weekend for fun activities and gifts! For more info, visit Facebook @LagunaphuketTri.

Registration for 25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon is open with ongoing “Early Bird” rate valid until 15 August 2018. For more information and to register for 25th Laguna Phuket Tri, visit www.LagunaphuketTri.com

Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort Welcomes Mr. Paul Robert McCabe

Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort is excited to announce the opening of its own tennis academy. In mid-June 2018, it will welcome Coach Paul Robert McCabe, who will join the resort and lead a team of certified tennis coaches dedicated to coaching all skill levels. Coach Paul has directed a number of programs in premier Leisure clubs across Southwest Asia and the UK, and has experience in working with former British Number 3 Martin Lee, and Kyle Edmund, who recently made the Semifinals of the Australian Open and reached world Number 26. His key specialty is the development a solid foundation, laying the groundwork for players to reach new levels of success themselves.

Mr. Paul Robert McCabe, newest Tennis Manager of Thanyapura Tennis Academy

Coach Paul will bring a number of new programs to Thanyapura, including tennis for all levels, cardio tennis, a Junior Development Program for young athletes aged 4-18, social tennis sessions, and tennis weekend getaways. The programs will run across the resort’s 4 indoor courts and 2 outdoor courts, and will be available to all Thanyapura members. Non-members will be charged for the services, and will be subject to availability. Coach Paul is looking forward to leading the academy, saying, “The team at Thanyapura seem really friendly but also dedicated to improving all facets of the Thanyapura experience, and that’s very exciting to be involved in. On a purely tennis side I know from experience that Thailand has a really strong tennis culture; probably the strongest in South-East Asia, and I’m really thrilled to be involved here in Phuket.”

More information can be found on Thanyapura’s website www.thanyapura.com

Registration is now open for 2019 – Laguna Phuket Marathon 2019

After a record breaking 2018 edition last Sunday with more than 9,000 runners, the 14th Laguna Phuket Marathon will take place on Saturday, 8 June and Sunday, 9 June 2019 with the 10.5 km Run, 5km Run and 2km Kids Run held on Saturday afternoon and the Half Marathon and Marathon on Sunday morning.

The super early bird entry period starts today and ends on 30 June 2018 with savings of up to 25 per cent on the early bird entry fees and up to 50 per cent on the regular entry fees. Entries for the 2019 are limited to 10,000 runners and the event is expected to be another sellout. Register now to secure your entry slot for next year and save big on your entry fee.

Visit our website http://www.phuketmarathon.com
Go Register http://www.gotorace.com/laguna-phuket-marathon-2019

Laguna Phuket Marathon 2018 Traffic Announcement

PHUKET, Thailand – The award-winning 2018 Laguna Phuket Marathon is set to take place 9th and 10th June at Laguna Phuket and will welcome a record number of runners in excess of 8,000 from more than 50 countries.

The event organisers aim to produce a professionally organized, international standard event with the safest possible race conditions. A number of roads used for the course will therefore be closed at certain times during the race (see below), and people are advised to avoid these roads during those times.

Saturday 9th June
1. All roads within Laguna Phuket and main road leading into Laguna Phuket (3:30pm – 7:00pm).
2. Bake Junction – Lagoon Road to Laguna Homes, Angsana Villas, Baan Suan Layan Restaurant and Soi Layan 2 (5:00pm – 7:00pm).
3. Ban Don-Thalang Market – Ban Koktanoad Road – Layan Beach (5:15pm – 7:30pm).
4. Layan 2 Rd., Banyan Tree Hotel Beach Road and Laguna Wedding Chapel (5:20pm – 8:00pm).

Sunday 10 June
1. All roads within Laguna Phuket and main road leading into Laguna Phuket (04:00am – midday).
2. Road 4030 from ‘Bake’ to Ban Don-Thalang Market, Ban Khai Road (04:00am – 11:00am).
3. Bann Pru Jam Pa Rd, NaKoh-Pruchuak Rd, Nong-Wah Rd & Baan Riang Rd. (04:00am – 11:00am).
4. Soi Nai Yang 2 & Nai Yang 16 to Old Airport Road (4031) (05:30am – 11:00am).
5. Ban Don Road – Koktanoad Rd, New Road behind Thalang Victory Field (06:30am – 11:30am).
6. Layan 2 Rd., Banyan Tree Hotel Beach Road and Laguna Wedding Chapel (07:00am – midday).

Course maps for Saturday 9th June and Sunday 10th June are attached and can be viewed online at http://www.phuketmarathon.com/race-venue-course.

The organisers apologize for any inconvenience caused by the temporary roadblocks and
traffic restrictions, and wish to thank everyone in advance for their understanding and kind co-operation.

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

‘James’ Ruangsak Loychusak, Thai singer and actor visits Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort to compete in Thanyapura Tri Dash 2018

Phuket, Thailand – Thanyapura Tri Dash 2018 is a short distance race suitable for both beginners and seasoned athletes. The 400 meter swim is held in a 50 meters pool providing a safe swim for athletes. The 20 km bike course is a fast two loop course through the rubber plantations around Thanyapura. The 5 km running course leads the athletes through the resort.

After the event completed, ‘James’ Ruangsak Loychusak reflected his feelings that “It was a great race, this is my first time visiting Thanyapura for official triathlon competition. The hardest thing of today’s race was the bike course. I can say there were many rolling hills. On top of that, I am not familiar with the route which makes the race more interesting. I had to spent a lot of time in the bike course. Many of the competing athletes came from different countries what gives the event a very international touch. The race was set in a great atmosphere with a high safety standard from the organizers and staff.”

‘James’ Ruangsak Loychusak is a Thai star who has performed as a singer as the first career in Thailand entertainment industry. He graduated from Srinakharinwirot University, Faculty of Fine Arts, obtaining a Master of Chulalongkorn University, Faculty of Economics. He released his first debut in 1995. Following his debut album, he had more 5 albums released successfully.

For more information please visit http://www.tridashthailand.com/phuket/

Varanyu Holds Commanding Lead at Singha Laguna Phuket Open

Thailand’s Varanyu Rattanaphaibulkij maintained his position at the top with his second round of nine-under-par 61 at the Singha Laguna Phuket Open on Friday.

The 21-year-old Thai carded a flawless round with seven birdies and one eagle to lead the field by seven strokes on a 17-under-par 123 total at the THB2 million (approx. USD64,000) event co-sanctioned by the Asian Development Tour (ADT) and the All Thailand Golf Tour.

Compatriot Nitithorn Thippong proved relentless in his pursuit of a second ADT win when he returned with a solid round of 66 to take second-place on his own, while Sweden’s Oscar Zetterwall took third place following a 67 at Laguna Phuket.

Starting on the back nine, Varanyu eagled hole 14 after a good drive and solid approach with his five-iron left him with a three-footer tap-in. He made the turn at three-under after a birdie on 18 and would follow with six birdies for an inward 29.

“I was hitting everything solid and I played the three par-5s on this course very well and managed to hit the green in two shots on all of them. I enjoy playing this course and being on home ground. Especially since my mother is out here to watch me this week so I want to do well,” said Varanyu.

His low round which topped his opening 62, marked his lowest tournament round he achieved since he turned professional in 2015 and he credits his brother, nicknamed “Benz”, who is on his bag this week.

“I wasn’t nervous at all and I just stuck to my game plan of making fairways and greens. Benz and I were reading the lines well on the greens and I trusted him,” said Varanyu who is vying for a maiden win.

ADT winner Nitithorn mixed his card with six birdies and one double-bogey on the second hole when he pushed his eight-iron into the hazard.

“I was playing steady golf all day except for one missed shot. The pin was tucked in the right side and there was a hazard to the right of the green. I told myself to keep it short and hit it left but I pushed it right instead. But I made 16 greens today which was key for me and there were a lot of positives from the round,” said the 21-year-old.

Playing in the same group tomorrow, the Thai hotshot is ready to put up a good fight against his close friend Varanyu, who played junior golf with him before he joined the play-for-pay ranks.

“I am happy to be playing with him tomorrow since I haven’t seen him in a while. He is playing so well and I want to try and catch up with him tomorrow on moving day,” added Nitithorn.

The halfway cut was set at one-over-par 141 with a total of 57 players qualifying for the final two rounds.

The Singha Laguna Phuket Open is the eighth leg of the 2018 ADT schedule and the tour’s first stop in Thailand this year. Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points are offered on all ADT events with the winner earning a total of six OWGR points while the top-six players and ties earn points on a sliding scale.

The leading five players on the ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn playing rights on the premier Asian Tour for the 2019 season.

Leading round two scores
123 – Varanyu RATTANAPHIBOONKIJ (THA) 62 61
130 – Nitithorn THIPPONG (THA) 64 66
131 – Oscar ZETTERWALL (SWE) 64 67
133 – Samarth DWIVEDI (IND) 65 68, Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 66 67
135 – Worrasorn SUWANPANANG (THA) 68 67, Donlaphatchai NIYOMCHON (THA) 68 67, Simon YATES (SCO) 67 68, Chaiphat KOONMARK (THA) 70 65, Pawin INGKHAPRADIT (THA) 66 69

Varanyu shoots 62 and leads at Singha Laguna Phuket Open

Phuket, May 10: Thai prospect Varanyu Rattanaphaibulkij signed for a blistering eight-under-par 62 to grab the opening round lead at the Singha Laguna Phuket Open on Thursday.

The 21-year-old fired 10 birdies against two bogeys to hold a two-shot lead at the ฿2 million (approx. US$64,000) event co-sanctioned by the Asian Development Tour (ADT) event and the All Thailand Golf Tour.

Sweden’s Oscar Zetterwall trails by two shots to share second-place with newly-crowned ADT winner Nitithorn Thippong on matching 64s at the award-winning Laguna Golf Phuket.

Nicknamed “Bank” by his parents, the young Thai birdied six of his first seven holes before dropping a shot on hole nine, when he missed a two-footer for par. He recovered soon after with birdies on 10, 11, 14 and 17 but would drop another shot on 18.

“I am very happy with my round today, it is my lowest round in a professional tournament! I was hitting everything good today and making a lot of putts. I knew I was playing well but I wasn’t thinking about the score,” said Varanyu who only totalled 25 putts.

“The course is much tougher compared to last year. The rough is difficult to hit out of. My bogeys on holes nine and 18 were because I missed the fairway so it was tougher to find the green on the approach,” added the Thai who is vying for his maiden ADT win.

Starting on hole one, Zetterwall carded a blemish-free round with six birdies, highlighted by a near eagle on hole six. He credited his low round to his solid short game accompanied by consistent tee shots which kept his ball out of the thick rough.

“The course is pretty short but the key for me was to keep my ball in play and I was hitting my driver well today. I nearly had an eagle on hole six but my approach leaped out of the hole and ran off the green. I made the up-and-down for par which was the highlight of my round because I think I would have been pretty upset if I didn’t get to make the putt,” said the two-time ADT winner.

India’s Samarth Dwivedi sits at tied-fourth with American John Michael O’Toole after a 65 while Thailand’s Pawin Ingkhapradit and South African Mathiam Keyser are in sixth place on 66.

The Singha Laguna Phuket Open is the eighth leg of the 2018 ADT schedule and the tour’s first stop in Thailand this year. Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points are offered on all ADT events with the winner earning a total of six OWGR points while the top-six players and ties earn points on a sliding scale.

The leading five players on the ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn playing rights on the premier Asian Tour for the 2019 season.

Leading round one scores
62 – Varanyu RATTANAPHIBOONKIJ (THA)
64 – Oscar ZETTERWALL (SWE) , Nitithorn THIPPONG (THA)
65 – Samarth DWIVEDI (IND) , John Michael O’TOOLE (USA)
66 – Pawin INGKHAPRADIT (THA) , Mathiam KEYSER (RSA)
67 – Simon YATES (SCO) , Supakrit RATTANAKAMPHOL (THA) , Puk PRADITTAN (THA)
68 – Hein SITHU (MYN) , Justin DE LOS SANTOS (USA) , Worrasorn SUWANPANANG (THA) , Tawan PHONGPHUN (THA) , Wisut ARTJANAWAT (THA) , Donlaphatchai NIYOMCHON (THA) , LOW Khai Jei (MAS) , Poom PATTAROPONG (THA)

Tri Dash Triathlon, Thanyapura Phuket

The Tri Dash is a sprint triathlon suitable for both beginners and seasoned athletes. The 400 meter swim is held in a 50 meter pool providing a safe swim for athletes. The bike course is a fast two loop course through the rubber plantations around Thanyapura. The run course is also multi looped and entirely within the Thanyapura complex.

The Thanypura Tri Dash Phuket races are official warm up races for Asia’s longest standing triathlon, the Laguna Phuket Triathlon celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018.

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