Running, eating and having a whole lot of fun

lifestyle March 27, 2018 14:49

By The Nation

More than 2,600 runners turned out for the Bangkok edition of Kilorun 2018, a festival that brings together running with eating local dishes and travelling past iconic locations of the city.

“Kilorun 2018: The Running Festival of Food/Fun/Friend/Family” introduced an entirely new race concept, motivating everyone, no matter their level, to get outdoors and keep fit. It was held last weekend at Lan Khon Muang Plaza and the course took runners through Rattanakosin Island and offered them an opportunity to indulge in gastronomic experiences. 

The first race “KG (Kilogram) Aroi Run” held on Saturday was set up as a leisure route of eating and sightseeing. Along the 2.4 kilometre route, runners could chow down on signature dishes from Kopi Hia Tai Gee, Udom Pochana, Err Urban Rustic Thai, Krua Apsorn, Mont Nom Sod, Lan Fha, Radna Yod Pak Sood 40 Pee, Matsaya, Nutthaporn Ice Cream and Made by Todd Chili Chili. Runners passed such scenic locations such as Giant Swing, The Golden Mount, Wat Ratchanatdaram (Loha Prasat) and Rajdamnoen Avenue and those who gained between 0.5 and 1 kilogram were awarded with special rewards. More than 600 entrants took part.

The KM (Kilometre) Breakfast Run kicked off the activities on Sunday at Lan Khon Muang Plaza. The route covered a loop of beautiful attractions such as the Giant Swing, Wat Ratchanatdaram (Loha Prasat), Democracy Monument, Sanam Luang (Royal Plaza), the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Museum Siam and San Chao Pho Sua (Tiger God Shrine) and the race itself was classified into three distances of 2.5, 5.5 and 9 kilometers. More than 2,000 entrants participated in and received a race pack exclusively designed for the event. 

The two-day event was organised by Index Creative Village in collaboration with Air Asia and the Traffic Foundation. An exclusive line-up of stars, celebrities and other public figures also showed up at the series, including actor Thana “Nhong” Thana Chatborirak and his little sister Wanmai, DJ Archawin “Ton” Lhaisakul, former professional tennis player Danai “Pick” Udomchoke and his family and actress Ratchawin “Koy” Wongviriya.

Three runners wearing the best fancy dress costumes in the KG Aroi Run were rewarded with an exclusive “Baowhill” plush doll as well as air tickets to Osaka, Bali and Hanoi. 

The male and female winners of the KM (Kilometre) Breakfast Run took home a year’s supply of domestic flights along with tickets to Osaka for two seats. The winners of the 5.5 kilometre won an international flight, as did those to cross the finish line first in the 2.5 km Kids Run. 

The next event is slated to take place in Bali on June 2-3.