Supersports 10-Mile International Run 2017 Phuket: Race Through Phuket’s Beautiful Lush Setting
Kenyan runners dominate top spots for the third year in a row alongside German, Singaporean and Thai finishers.
The third edition of Supersports 10-Mile International Run 2017 in Phuket saw a massive turnout of 2,500 runners last Sunday, 19 March 2017. Participants of the sold-out race competed over four distances: the signature 10-mile (16 km), 5-mile (8 km), 2-mile (3.2 km), and 500-meter (for children aged 4-12 years).
The Supersports 10-Mile International Run 2017 Phuket offers tranquil and picturesque routes, set amid the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park and Northern Phuket’s rubber plantations.
Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket, Anoma Wongyai, said,
The event is a colourful one for Phuket as a province, especially during school holidays. It’s considered a successful event as over 2,500 runners showed up. It supports sports tourism because athletes come from domestic and global markets. We hope Thanyapura and Supersports can continue to build the race’s reputation on a global and professional scale.
David Kibet, who won the race last year, defended the champion title this year with a time of 52 minutes and 4 seconds. Fellow Kenyan athlete, David Chepkwony, took the silver at 54 minutes and 43 seconds. David Kibet cited,
I feel good today. Because I was here last year and I win again. This year, I'm happy to defend again. The race was good and humid. I'll also join next year.
Andreas Dreitz, six-time German Ironman 703 European Champion, finished third with 56 minutes and 42 seconds. Andreas Dreitz, who is also part of the German team erdinger alkoholfrei, said,
I took the chance to test myself and my limits here. It’s a great race and so much fun, to run around Thanyapura’s areas. I had no chance to follow the fast guys but I’m more than happy to take third place.
In the overall female category, Carolyne Mitei of Kenya brought home the champion title after finishing the race in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 5 seconds. The second place female winner was won by Ethiopia Gebremeskel of Ethiopia, with a finishing time of 1 hour, 7 minutes and 6 seconds. Vivian Tang, Singapore’s “Fastest Female Marathoner” claimed the bronze with a time of 1 hour, 7 minutes and 25 seconds.
Meanwhile, in Thai categories, Thanit Kanpai emerged as the winner of the male category with 1 hour, 7 minutes and 11 seconds. The female winner title went to Wilaiwan Kumpituk who finished the race in 1 hour, 11 minutes and 35 seconds. Wilaiwan Kumpitu said,
I'm very happy. I'm enjoying the scenery and nature as I run. Everything here was well-prepared. The race was perfect. I was here last year and I'll come back next year.
The event’s success is made possible by these sponsors: Supersports, New Balance, Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort, Gatorade, Johnson Health Tech (Thailand), Krungthai Card Public Co. Ltd (KTC), Thai Health Promotion Foundation, CRG, Mister Donut, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, FamilyMart, Tanita, New) TV 18, Aquafina, Radio Trip 89.75, Khao Phuket, Sports Authority of Thailand, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Ministry of Tourism & Sports and Anda Focus.