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Banyan Tree Bangkoks Vertical Marathon to Take Place 20 September 2009

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Proceeds from the Banyan Tree Bangkoks 11th Vertical Marathon will be contributed towards the HIV Formula Feeding Fund which provides babies of HIV-positive mothers with a special milk formula. This charity is a Thai Red Cross initiative under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali.

Held on Sunday, 20 September from 6am to 12pm, participants will race the vertical course which comprises 1,093 steps starting from the main entrance of the Banyan Tree Bangkok to the finishing point at the former helicopter pad on the 61st floor, now converted to the award-winning Vertigo Grill and Moon Bar.

 Conducted every year since 1999, this highly anticipated event has gained popularity on an international scale and is expected to draw enthusiastic response from fitness enthusiasts, charity supporters and members of the public from all corners of the world.

This will be the ninth year that Banyan Tree Bangkok will be donating the proceeds collected from the Vertical Marathon to the HIV Formula Feeding Fund.

Ms. Sunee U-Thaikittisup, Director, Sales and Marketing, Banyan Tree Bangkok, said, We are pleased to have contributed over THB3million (US$88,000) to date for the HIV Formula Feeding Fund. We hope that this amount will go a long way in achieving its aims, and I encourage everyone to sign up for the challenging run and join us in supporting this worthy cause.

In 2008, seven-time winner Mr. Boonchoo Jandacha defended his title in six minutes and 19 seconds. Previous participants include the Chairman of Caring Hearts for Aids Foundation, Ms. Saisom Wongsasulak; and Thai celebrities, Mr. Mario Maurer and Ms. Saipan-Apinya Sakuljarernsoog.

The nominal registration fee of THB350 nett per person includes the official Vertical Marathon t-shirt and a meal box. Winners will receive a trophy from Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali, as well as complimentary accommodation and gift certificates from Banyan Tree.

Registration is available online until 18 September and participants can also register at the event on 20 September from 6am to 7am at the main entrance of Banyan Tree Bangkok.

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