Running for a cause

lifestyle May 19, 2017 13:00

By The Nation

Runners, on your marks! The charity event “Garmin Blue Run 2017” is returning for its second edition next month and the funds raised will again go to support the Utokapat Foundation, under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King Rama IX.

Organiser GIS, which distributes Garmin products in Thailand, is inviting runners and health enthusiasts to go beyond their limits by joining the run, which takes place on Sunday, June 18 at EZ Park, Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre,

 Garmin will donate Bt100 for every runner who finishes the race within the designated time and double it for runners using Garmin products. More then 5,000 participants are expected. 

“The ‘Garmin Blue Run 2017’ is aimed at raising awareness of the health advantage of exercise and encouraging people to keep themselves fit and firm,” says Channarong Teerarojanarat, manager of GIS,

“Last year’s race was a success with more than 3,500 runners taking part while raising funds for a good cause. Donations will support the foundation’s efforts to solve problems related to water resources both at the community and country levels.”

“Running is an excellent choice of exercise that keeps a perfect balance between body and mind. It strengthens muscle, keeps joints in good condition and maintains a healthy cardiac cycle, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol as well as reduces stress. New runners should prepare and practice regularly to avoid injury. 

The race is divided into two categories: Mini Marathon (10.5km) and Half Marathon (21km) with registrations priced at Bt600 and Bt800 respectively. All applicants will receive a cool race pack and medal while those who completed to half marathon also get a Finisher by Garmin T-shirt. Customers who wear a Garmin watch should fill in the watch’s serial number on the application form to receive a Bt100 discount.

Applications are now open at