Top 5 Running Events in Phuket
It is a well-known fact in Thailand that Phuket is one of the best places to be a runner. The island has some of the most beloved road and trail running courses in the country and runners from all over Thailand enjoy them when they visit. Another major source of pride for Phuket is the number of running events and marathons that the island is well-known for. If you are planning to do competitive running in a new country or just want to take part in some of the fun runs on holiday here are some of the biggest running events in Phuket.
Laguna Phuket International Marathon
One of the biggest international running events in Thailand, the Laguna Phuket Marathon is a legitimate running event on the world marathon calendar. The event has taken place for 13 consecutive years and it has been certified by AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races). The Laguna Phuket is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon, so if you are a serious runner, the event surely has something for you.
Relax at the Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Mai Khao Beach
For more casual runners, the Run Paradise is very popular and more than 8000 people participated in the event last year. The Laguna Phuket International Marathon usually takes place in June and the 2019 edition is going to go forward as planned.
Turtle Fun Run Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation
The 14th edition of the Mai Khao Turtle Fun Run is coming up this October and it will have plenty of categories for everyone to participate. The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and their associated partners have been organizing this race as a fund-raiser for the conservation activities. The foundation uses the funds to aid their efforts in protecting the marine and coastal environment and ecosystems of sea turtles that visit Phuket and especially Mai Khao Beach.
The Turtle Fun Run takes place right next to the Holiday Inn Mai Khao Beach, which is the ideal resort to accommodate runners and their families. The Mai Khao Turtle Fun Runfeatures a 3k family run, 5k fun run, 10k mini marathon and a 21k half marathon. Bring the whole family and participate in some healthy exercise while helping protect the environment.
Supersports10 mile International Run Phuket By Thanyapura
The fourth edition of the Supersports 10 mile just took place in March with enthusiastic runners getting the opportunity to test themselves over a different distance. The 10 mile race was seen as a way to try reaching personal best times and changing up the strategy so that runners have the opportunity to try something new.
Beginners who have graduated from 10k runs with ease will have the opportunity to try out a longer distance that isn’t quite the marathon range or even the half marathon range, which can help them decide what to do next. The course itself is very beautiful and participants will enjoy a nice change of pace by running this race.
Phukethon is Asia’s major international marathon festival, that welcome all runners from around the world in term of sport tourism. The 2nd Phukethon will be on 10-11 November 2018 with running distances 42.195 km, 21.1 km, 10 km, which the courses are certified by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). On top of that, there are Runtainment program; such as Jelly Beach Run 5 km, Color Fun Run and Running Expo with more than 80 international sports brands, all gathered together in Saphan Hin Park, a seaside park with a long history and a symbol of Phuket Island.
Phukethon has designed the ultimate running route that are challenge for runners who want to experience nature and challenge your limit to explore the most beautiful view in the running paradise island Phuket by running up hill from Rawai beach to Promthep Cape with the height of 200 meters above sea level is considered to be the highlight.
Colour Fun Run by Thanyapura
Colour Fun Run 2017 at Sapan hin
The 2018 edition of the Colour Fun Run takes place in November at the Thanyapura Resort in Phuket. This is the most fun run of all mentioned in this list with the course distances listed at 1k and 4.5k but that’s just part of the draw. The run is for families and people that want to enjoy running in a recreational setting and in a relaxed way. There is plenty of colour throwing and laughter as all finishers get a medal and there are vouchers and lucky draws to be had.