Following a roaring success and sold-out year in 2015, the 11th Laguna Phuket International Marathon this year will double the fun. By spreading the races over two days on 4 and 5 June 2016, runners and spectators will get to fully enjoy the races and activities.

Join the 2 km Kids Run, 5 km Community Walk, 5 km Run – a new category! – or 10.5 km Run and be the first to run the beautiful course amidst Phuket’s lush greenery on Saturday afternoon, 4 June 2016.

The AIMS-certified 42.195 km Marathon and 21.097 km Half Marathon will flag off before sunrise the following day on Sunday, 5 June 2016. What does this mean for you marathoners? You get to squeeze in an extra practice or warm-up run the day before in the 10.5 km category before your big race! Just be sure to register for races on both days.

New Medals To Collect

Why all that effort, you say? Well, your effort will not be wasted! Race organisers Go Adventure Asia designed the 10.5 km Run, Half Marathon and Full Marathon finisher medals such that they can be joined together to create one unique medal.

On top of that, the first male and female in all the timed races, including the 5 km Junior Run (12-16 years) and 5 km Open Run, will be awarded trophies. The top three of every age group in the Marathon, Half Marathon and 10.5 km Run will also win prizes. After all, everyone’s a winner as every finisher will take home a commemorative medal.

Fantastic Courses and What Else To Expect

Dubbed the “pearl of the Andaman Sea”, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and one of Asia’s finest resort destinations just south of Bangkok. The international running event held in Laguna Phuket, a holiday paradise where deluxe hotels encircle glistening lagoons.

Starting and finishing at the Laguna Grove, the race course takes you through spectacular green scenery from verdant tropical forests, to white powdery beaches. Run pass rubber and pineapple plantations, and see beautiful cultural landmarks. Experience the warmth of Thai hospitality as locals cheer you on as you come across their quaint villages.

Fuel up with a light meal of fruits, noodles and soup served at the finish line. Enjoy a complimentary post-race massage, or simply soak in the celebratory atmosphere with family and friends.

Aside from the races, look forward to the pre-race Pasta Party, Race Expo and farewell BBQ. Get a sneak peek at what to expect in this detailed review of last year’s event.

Sign Up For Your Run Paradise Getaway!

Participation fees for international runners are now going from as low as US$8 for the 2 km Kids Run, to US$105 for the Full Marathon.

Entry fees include a pre-souvenir pack with the running number, T-shirt and other items, as well as commemorative finisher’s medal and trophies for category winners. International runners participating in the full and half marathons will get a Pasta Party ticket too. Extra items like a photo package by FinisherPix and training plans are also available.

Registration closes on 16 May 2016 (11:59 p.m. GMT +7, Bangkok Time), or until full capacity is reached so don’t wait!

Do check out their accommodation and travel packages available on site and via official travel partners.

Find out more and register for the races online on the official Laguna Phuket International Marathon website.

Do you prefer multi-day race events or you’re unfazed as long as everything runs smoothly on one big race day? Let’s hear from you!

Yuyi Lim

Yuyi is pursuing her studies in communications and communities. Now she relishes in the blend of both entities: communicating ideas to this magazine's community. As the lead news writer, her passion lies in helping people find interesting and timely news through the writing she provides.

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