Registration is still open for the 2013 half
distance Challenge Laguna Phuket in Thailand.
The Sunday, 1
December 2013, race will be the first of a Challenge Family series
to be staged on the paradise tropical island a week after the
legendary 20th Anniversary Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT).
between the two events in Phuket will be filled with a Tri-Fest of
training and social events held in and around the Laguna Phuket
This triathlon carnival has proved a popular
attraction for international athletes eager to sample the delights
of Thailand while rubbing shoulders with the likes of Ruedi Wild
and Radka Vodickova, last year’s Laguna Phuket Triathlon
Ruedi Wild triumphed at Laguna Phuket last year
in 2:29.22. Following Wild home were an elite field of seasoned
athletes including Tim Meyer, Alberto Cassadei, Massimo Cigana,
and Simon Agoston.
The 2012 women’s field top finishers
were Radka Vodickova, Belinda Granger, Edith Niederfringer, Nickey
Barnard, and Sarah Wheeler.
A fantastic spokesperson for
the event, Belinda Granger has been one of the greatest supporters
and an active ambassador for the Laguna Phuket race. She has been
coming to Phuket for the LPT and now the Challenge Laguna Phuket
since 2000, having missed the event only once in that period.
“Without a doubt Laguna Phuket is my favourite race
destination in the world,” said Belinda. “There are many
reasons why I continue to return year after year - the race, the
food, the people, the weather, the accommodation, the sticky rice
and mango.... my list could go on and on.....”
is one of the most amazing race experiences out there. I have
watched the race grow in size and in expertise over the years
making it one of the best and most exciting races of the year.
It has a bit of everything- it’s certainly not an easy race,
but that’s why I love it - the hills and the weather make it so challenging.
“The best thing about the race is that you
don't just go there for the race itself – it’s the entire race
experience that keeps me coming back. Getting to stay in the
Laguna Phuket resort and experiencing all that it has to offer
post-race is perfect, especially for families. There is just so
much to see and do.
“Make sure that if you do head over to
this year's race that you have a few days after the race to
explore and enjoy everything that Phuket has to offer....you won't
And yet another appeal of Laguna Phuket
is the equally important business of the Awards Party - hosted by
race announcer Whit Raymond, these parties have become the stuff
of legend among the international triathlon community and last
year’s was no exception!
Inaugural Challenge Laguna Phuket
This year, Laguna Phuket
will celebrate its 20th anniversary with the launch of the
Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest from 24 November – 1 December.
This week-long celebration of sport will incorporate the iconic
Laguna Phuket Triathlon and half distance Challenge Laguna Phuket
with a host of sporting and social activities in between.
Two-time world champion and Challenge Family ambassador, Chris “Macca”
McCormack said the synergy between Challenge and Laguna Phuket
Triathlon was clear.
“Challenge Roth is the oldest race in Europe,
Challenge Penticton the oldest in North America and now we have
Challenge Laguna Phuket, the oldest race in Asia – that speaks
volumes to me about the importance Challenge Family places on the
legacy of our sport,” he said. “This approach echoes exactly how I feel. Our legacy is the foundation of this sport and Challenge is
the organisation that has proven time and again that they respect
the sport and its athletes. The partnerships we are building will
ensure the sport retains its soul and provide an exciting future.”
Laguna Phuket’s reputation
is well-deserved. LPT, an established fixture on the global
triathlon calendar, is dubbed “The Race of Legends” for its
consistent ability to attract the world’s best professional
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