MICE & Communication and Chon Buri’s Saensuk Municipality are inviting runners to join the Bang Saen 42 Marathon on November 19.
The event aims to be certified as matching IAAF Gold Label Road Race Standards. A strict cut-off system will be in place, with seven hours the cut-off time for the race. Runners failing to arrive at the five checkpoints within the cut-off time will not be permitted to finish the race, in line with the standards set by international bodies.
New technology including the e-Slip system that reports race results via SMS to each runner immediately after reaching the finish line and a facial recognition system developed by a group of Thai programmers will facilitate the race.
“Bang Saen 42 is a marathon distance race that matches world standards. Our aim is for the event to be certified as the IAAF Gold Label Road Race in 2022 and become the largest race event in the country, on par with the Tokyo, Boston and Berlin marathons,” said Rut Jiroajvanichakorn, managing director of MICE & Communication
“For this coming event, we will be applying the IAAF standards, from certified distance from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) as well as race organisation certification from the Asian Athletics Association (AAA) and the Athletic Association of Thailand (AAT). Roads will be closed throughout the race and emergency medical units as well as doctors will be on standby along with emergency vehicles. Moreover, medical insurance of Bt100,000 will be available for all runners and anti-doping tests will be carried out to comply with IAAF Label Road Race.”
The route will start from the Beach Road at the Bang Saen Heritage Convention Centre and continue to Bang Saen roundabout, then to Chon Buri’s new landmark, the 84th Anniversary Bridge, pass Angsila Market, the Shrine for Nezha's Tai Tzu, Khao Sam Muk, Laem Tan, and along the beach to the finish line.
“We have partnered with two international sporting brands to create our race shirts. Our race shirt will be produced by Puma while all runners reaching the finish line before cut-off will receive another shirt from CEP. The finisher’s medal is made with premium-grade metal from a world-class medal-producing facility and is designed on the concept of a starry night that glows in the dark. Another highlight is a special prize for Top 100 runners, both male and female, which will be revealed soon.” said Rut.
Runners can register at www.BangSaen42.com. The registration fee is Bt1,500.