PHUKET, Thailand – The 12th Laguna Phuket Marathon welcomed almost 7,000 runners to the shores of Phuket for a record-breaking event. The sixth consecutive increase in participant turnout saw more than 50 countries taking part this year in what has become South East Asia’s leading destination marathon and Phuket’s largest annual sports event.
Organised by Go Adventure Asia and hosted by Laguna Phuket, the run course is famous for its beauty, taking runners along quiet lanes in the North of the island, through Sirinat National Park and along Bang Tao beachfront before returning to Laguna Phuket and the finish line.
Following the successful two-day format introduced last year, organisers again held the event over two days allowing them to provide the best possible course for runners and maximise the runner experience for all. More than 3,000 “sunset” runners competed in the afternoon of Saturday 3rd June in the 5km and 10.5km
distances, with almost 300 kids enjoying the 2km Kids Run, while at “sunrise” on Sunday 4th June almost 4,000 runners lined-up for the Half Marathon and Marathon distances.
Joining the impressive line-up of top Thai and international athletes, competing this year for the first time was Paralympic marathon champion and world-record holder, Mr Eitan Hermon from Israel, who ran the Half Marathon and finished 13 overall, as well as Patcharasri “Kalamare” Benjamas – the famous TV host and MC – who competed in the 10.5km, Thai rock star Athiwara Khongmalai (“Toon Body Slam”), who raced the Marathon, and the Governor of Phuket Province, Norraphat Plodthong, who completed the 10.5km.
Sanctioned by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, the 12th Laguna
Phuket Marathon took place 3rd and 4th June, 2017 and is organised by leading sports management company Go Adventure Asia with professional timing and results by Sportstats Asia, ensuring the highest of international standards.
Dates are already set for next year – the 13th Laguna Phuket Marathon will take place 9th and 10th June, 2018. Go to www.phuketmarathon.com to book the Super Early Bird rates now!