Laguna Phuket has signed on as title sponsor and official host of the Laguna Phuket International Marathon 2007, which will take place at the
resort complex on 17 June.
Taking place on 15-17 June 2007, during the traditional
low-season, the event will encourage Phuket’s tourism industry to thrive throughout this typically quieter time.
Organised by Go Adventure Asia, the Laguna Phuket International Marathon 2007 expects to welcome some 4,000 participants, including 1,500
runners from approximately 40 different countries to participate in this year’s event, following the success of the inaugural Phuket International
Marathon last year.
“With the large number of participants and the worldwide media exposure received last year, we fully believe that the event is destined to be the
most successful destination marathon in Southeast Asia and we are extremely proud to be supporting it,”
said Michael Ayling, Managing
Director of Laguna Resorts & Hotels Plc.
“Laguna Phuket has been instrumental in making the Phuket International Marathon a reality in 2006 and the increased level of sponsorship
proves that Laguna Phuket understands the significance of the event for Phuket and the potential it represents in terms of attracting tourism,”
Raimund Wellenhofer, the marathon race director added.
A series of events will kick-off on Friday 15 June starting with a 2-day expo featuring sponsor booths and a number of activities. Race day on 17
June will comprise a 42k Marathon, a 21k Half-marathon, a 10k Fun Run, a 1k Kids Run and, new this year, a 5k Walk.
The 42k Marathon’s flat, scenic course will start and end at the Y-Junction entrance to the Laguna Beach Resort within the Laguna Phuket
complex, passing through lush tropical rainforests and rubber plantations and local villages, heading north towards Nai Yang beach, before
turning back to the Laguna Phuket.
Participants in any of the races at the Laguna Phuket International Marathon are also encouraged to take part in fundraising for charity, whether it
is a charity of their choice or HOPE worldwide Thailand, the event’s official charity. HOPE worldwide Thailand supports and promotes activities of
the Department of Public Welfare and the Ministry of Social Development. Each participant taking part in the fundraising effort is to pledge to raise
a certain amount of money for the charity at the same time that they pledge to compete in one of the races on 17 June.
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