Running is beautiful
The sixth edition of the Laguna Phuket International Marathon takes place at Thailand's best beach destination on June 12.Running is beautifulThe sixth edition of the Laguna Phuket International Marathon takes place at Thailand's best beach destination on June 12. From the 2-km "Kids' Run" to the 42.195-km marathon, the annual race is open to runners of all ages and fitness levels. Taking place at the Laguna, in Phuket's north, the race keeps participants running alongside the beautiful coast line and tropical forest. The entry fee starts at Bt150 for the Kids' Run up to Bt3,000 for the marathon class. Visit www.PhuketMarathon.com. Call (02) 236 2931.
Pattaya's 'Marathon Man'The annual Pattaya International Marathon on July 17 has a place for every fitness level. You can tackle the full 42-kilometre course or putter along for 10km, and there is a route for people in wheelchairs too. The starting times are staggered from 4.20am on Pattaya Beach Road. Find out more from the city administration at (038) 253 129 or visit www.Pattaya-Marathon.com.
Swim, cycle, runThe Bangkok Triathlon will roll out on July 10 along the Rama 8 Bridge in Bangkok's Phra Nakhon district. This is the third edition with a course full of challenges featuring 1.84-km swimming, 55-kms cycling and 10-km running. The winner of the individual male and female categories will receive the Royal Trophy and the winner of the Relay team race will receive the "Friendship Cup" given by the US Embassy on the occasion of 175th anniversary of US-Thai relations. Call (02) 718 9581-2 or visit www.BangkokTriathlon.org.
Don't run for the hills!Chiang Mai wants a second chance to prove its 700-year-old city is one of the best places to run (although the "misleading" guide last year led the runners out of town far from finishing line). This year, the city marathon will set off from Chiang Mai's Old Town on December 25, head out through the East Gate to the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek Park, and backtrack into the old town. With small temples along the road, set against the backdrop of high range, Chiang Mai should be one the beautiful place to race a marathon. What you need is a good sense of direction. Visit www.ChiangMaiMarathon.com.