Athletes Dominate Thanyapura’s King Of The Mountain Trail Run 2018

With the course laid out, the water stations stocked, volunteers and supporters on the sidelines, and running shoes securely tied, it was time for 1000 participants to come together and tackle the 4th annual King of the Mountain Trail Run on 2 September 2018. The event was organised by Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort, and is a firm favourite of running enthusiasts. Athletes travelled from other parts of Thailand and beyond to master Khao Phra Thaeo National Park’s breathtaking mountainous terrain.

The course was opened by Mr Noraphat Plodthong, Governor of Phuket, followed by a few words by Mr Thibault Gonnet, Thanyapura’s Director of Sports & Events. “Thank you to all the runners who came today, this is really inspiring to see a thousand people registering for this 4th edition of King of the Mountain Trail Run. I also would like to say thank you to all our sponsors who helped us to make this event greatly successful. We hope that you are going to have an amazing experience today”.

Thanyapura sits at the foothills of Khao Phra Thaeo National Park, the only remaining unspoilt rainforest left on the island of Phuket. It is home to a diverse number of animals including wild boar, gibbons, monkeys, and hundreds of species of birds. In order to respect the environment, runners were strongly advised to leave the area as they found it and not to discard of any garbage enroute. They were also encouraged to bring their own water bottles to refill at the many stations set up when needed.

The challenging route offers runners a choice of a 4km fun run, 8km trail or 15km trail, and takes its runners through a diverse landscape filled with hilly terrain, waterfalls and lush national park forest. All participants received a race kit which included a t-shirt, medal and running bag. For the 8km trail run, Sorachet Srikaew (1:12:01.1) and Ju Tar Yar Htay (1:15:26.2) came in with the third fastest times, Utorn Thaonsa (1:11:53.6) and Remke Langenddonck (1:14:19.9) with the second fastest, and Aupdonkarin Mudsakul (1:05:59.2) and Srirung Kongthap (1:13:17.6) with the fastest. For the 15km course, third place went to Praphai Saomok (1:28:36.8) and Duangporn Hoggan – Saxby (02:04:30.1), second to David Ballesteros (1:26:11.8) and Nina Morris (02:02:54.3), and first place to Luke Mckenzie (1:24:43.3) and Beth Mckenzie (01:40:13.8).

The event has grown exponentially from its humble beginnings of 80 participants 4 years ago, and is now one of Phuket’s most highly anticipated running events of the year alongside others like the Laguna Marathon.

King of the Mountain wouldn’t have been possible without the kind support and generosity of this year’s official event sponsors that include Khao Phra Thaeo National Park, the Department of National Parks, the Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach, Phuket News, 89.75 Radio Trip, Sunshine Market, Bangkok Hospital Phuket, Sea Horse Drinking Water and Born Free to Run.

Congratulations to all the runners, volunteers and supporters that came out and made 2018’s King Of The Mountain Trail Run the biggest yet!

More information can be found on Thanyapura’s website

Laguna Phuket Invites All to “Laguna Phuket Triathlon Expo 2018” in Bangkok

Asia’s premier destination resort Laguna Phuket will host “Laguna Phuket Triathlon Expo 2018” on Saturday 8 September at CentralWorld (3rd Floor, Atrium Zone) in Bangkok. Planned as a full-day event to take place from 10am to 10pm, the Expo will feature race registration, sports stations and showcases with fun games and activities for athletes and sports fans alike. The Expo is part of Laguna Phuket’s year-long celebration of the award-wining Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT)’s 25th anniversary, scheduled this year for Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November in Phuket, Thailand.

The Expo will also launch inaugural “25 For 25 Sprint”, LPT’s first sprint-distance triathlon race of 25K swim, bike and run combined, and introduce LPT Charity Fun Run’s newly appointed “Run for Fun, Run for Kids” Charity Ambassador, Thai actress and inspiring celebrity athlete Rachwin “Koy” Wongviriya, at the press conference. Interested athletes and sports fans are encouraged to visit the Expo early to catch the “25 For 25 Sprint Launch” at 12.30pm, followed by 25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon Press Conference at 1.30pm.

Other highlights will include “Tri Tips & Tricks” session by Thailand’s leading triathlon gurus (starts at 3pm), followed by a series of stage presentations and workshops on swimming techniques, sport nutrition, running, cycling and triathlon by LPT partners. Other activities include chances to win roundtrip Bangkok – Phuket air tickets and 2-night accommodation at Laguna Phuket, kids’ corner, fun games from sponsors and all-day tri-related activities. The entry is free!

25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon will take place on 17 and 18 November 2018 at Laguna Phuket resort in Phuket, Thailand. Saturday 17 November is for LPT Charity Fun Run (5K, 10K and 2K Kids Run) and Sunday 18 November is Laguna Phuket Triathlon’s Race Day (standard LPT comprises swim 1.8K, bike 50K and run 12K and inaugural “25 For 25 Sprint” comprises swim 0.5K, bike 18.5K and run 6K). Registration also available online at until 11 November. Hotels and resorts within Laguna Phuket offer special rate for the race weekend (promo code: LPT2018).

To learn more, visit the website or Facebook @LagunaPhuketTri or call +66 (0) 76 362300 ext. 1404.

Marriott Hotels in Phuket Celebrate Annual “Andaman Sports Day”

Phuket, Thailand: August 29th, 2018 – Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach recently joined forces with eight other Marriott hotels and resorts in southern Thailand for the annual “Andaman Sports Day.”

On August 24th, approximately 500 associates from nine Marriott properties in Phuket, Krabi and Khao Lak competed in a series of sporting competitions, including soccer, running, badminton, sepak takraw, beach volleyball, chairball and table tennis. Each hotel had a team of cheerleaders to motivate the athletes before the games began, and medals were awarded to the winners.

The Andaman Sports Day forms part of Marriott’s global “Take Care” program, which helps to ensure the physical and mental wellbeing of every associate.

Pictured (from left):

Form the left
1 Waraporn Pooltha, Director of Rooms, The Naka Luxury Collection, Phuket
2 Parichart Sukkum, Director of HR, Westin Siray Bay, Phuket
3 Ruby Garcia, Director of Operation, Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Krabi
4 Keith Massey, General Manager, JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa
5 David Ippersiel, General Manager, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach
6 Trevor May, General Manager, Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach
7 Sander Lookjen, Renaissance Phuket Resort and Spa
8 Olivier Le Quinquis, General Manager, Marriott’s Mai Khao Beach & Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club
9 Julian Lowry, General Manager of Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort
10 Thari Sangchat, Resident Manager, JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa

Associates from nine stunning Marriott hotels and resorts in Phuket, Krabi and Khao Lak provinces, including senior executives, took part in this year’s Andaman Sports Day. These included: Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort; JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa; Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa; The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket; Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach; Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach; The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket; Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Krabi; and JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa.

Marriott International is the largest hotel group in Thailand.