Phuket – October 5, 2015: Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation in collaboration with the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa and the MKMF partners hosted its annual fundraising community sports event, the 11th Mai Khao Marine Foundation Fun Run and Mini Marathon 2015, on Sunday October 4th, 2015 at Pru Jeh San Lake on Phuket’s idyllic Mai Khao Beach.
The event was a fun, family oriented affair open for all ages and the general public. 1,200 runners joined the race which started and finished at a spacious JW’s Marriott Phuket’s parking‘s lot and encompass the surrounding beauty of Mai Khao village. There were two distances: 4.5km fun run and a 10.5km mini marathon on a new improved route with spectacular view of Andaman Sea. For both, overall fun run 4.5km and 10.5Km – male and female category, trophies and cash prizes were awarded for 1st to 5th place finishers.
The annual Turtle Fun Run and Mini Marathon – while also aiming to encourage in people a healthy lifestyle – is a collaborative effort by the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and its partners to raise funds and awareness of the conservation work done by the Phuket Marine Biological Center and its “The Injured Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Program” to rescue, rehabilitate and release (recovered) injured turtles, dolphins, whales and dugongs.
Phuket’s endangered sea turtles – which use Mai Khao Beach as a nesting ground – are facing multiple threats, their numbers having severely depleted in recent years. Commercial fishing kills thousands of them every year, while many more die from eating or becoming trapped in plastic debris littering the ocean.
About Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation (MKMTF)
MKMTF was launched in March 2002 during the grand opening celebrations of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa to raise funds and awareness of the endangered leather back turtles which nest on the Mai Khao beach area.
In recent years, the Foundation has broadened its environmental projects to not only conservation of the leatherback turtles but also the environment. Several village, reef and beach clean-ups have been conducted in collaboration with the local community, schools and universities.
The MKMTF is very proud to announce that they have become official International Union for the Conservation of Nature Official Member Organization and thus has built a dedicated Marine Turtle Shelter and Education Center which is home to 3 disabled turtles that now live at the JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa.
For more information about the foundation, please contact the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation coordinator via email email@example.com or call +6689-733-8830