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Phuket race invites international athletes

May 9, 2012

Runners of all ages and abilities are invited to join the 7th annual “Laguna Phuket International Marathon”, which will take place on June 10. Held under the theme of “Run Paradise”, the fund-raiser marathon race expects to attract more than 5,000 participants from around the world.

International registrations opened last October and since then entries have surged ahead of the same period last year, with total international entries now close to 1,000.

The biggest international groups so far are Japan, with more than 200 runners, followed by Singapore and Hong Kong.

Year-on-year growth since the inaugural 2006 event which had less than 2,000 runners makes Laguna Phuket International Marathon Asia’s biggest and fastest-growing destination marathon.

All racers will enjoy the scenery and have a fantastic race experience running on a mainly flat course that takes in rubber and pineapple plantations, beach views, local villages and the tropical lagoons of Laguna Phuket _ all in a family-friendly carnival atmosphere.

As well as the full marathon there will be a 21.1km half marathon and 10.5km run, with families catered for by a five-kilometre community walk and two-kilometre children’s race.

Online registration can be made until June 2 at www.phuketmarathon.com. Proceeds will go to Laguna Phuket’s community initiative to support local schools with a new Mobile Library Learning Centre to bring much needed reading and educational resources to remote rural schools on a routine basis.

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