PHUKET: On September 4, 2019, Asia’s premier destination resort, Laguna Phuket, has hosted a press conference at Banyan Tree Bangkok for members of the press to preview its 26th annual Laguna Phuket Triathlon, coming up in November this year.

The 26th edition of Asia’s longest-standing triathlon race Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) in Phuket, Thailand, is scheduled to take place during November 23 to 24, 2019 at Laguna Phuket. Comprising a unique race distance of 1.8K swim, 50K bike and 12K run through the scenic backdrop of Phuket province in Thailand, world champions and elite pro triathletes from around the world will race against each other on Sunday vying for a USD 20,000 prize purse. LPT also features “25 For 25 Sprint” short-distance category (0.5K swim, 18.5K bike and 6K run) which was launched in 2018 in celebration of LPT’s 25th anniversary, and “LPT Charity Fun Run” (2K Kids Run, 5K & 10K Charity Run) which will take place in the late afternoon on Saturday, November 23, prior to the triathlon races on Sunday.

The press conference was paneled by K. Phakaphong Tavipatana, Phuket Governor; K. Khemmapol Auitayakul, Secretary to Minister of Tourism and Sports; Mr. Ravi Chandran, Managing Director, Laguna Phuket and K. Artiwara Kongmalai (Toon Bodyslam) representing Kao Kon La Kao Foundation, LPT’s new charity partner.

Following last year success where 25th LPT sold out the newly-launched sprint category long before race day, saw record-breaking number of participants, and raised more than THB 250,000 for Children First Fund (CFF) in support of more than 400 children at seven orphanages in Phuket, Laguna Phuket Triathlon aims at doubling its charitable causes this year by also supporting Kao Kon La Kao, Thailand’s largest charity run series, in support of hospitals nationwide.

Mr. Chandran said “I’d like to thank all of the runners and triathletes who have participated in our annual sporting events, and our partners and sponsors whose support entitled Laguna Phuket Triathlon “Asia’s longest-standing triathlon race” to its 26th edition this year,”

“With long-standing legacy, we realized that LPT’s value lies not only in being an award-winning triathlon race, but also in its success as a significant platform to raise funds and awareness for meaningful charitable causes. Thus, I am delighted to announce that, in addition to the “Children First Fund”, we have added the “Kao Kon La Kao Foundation” as a charity partner this year. Every kilometer you run at LPT will become a 9 baht contribution to Kao,” he concluded.

When asked about Kao Kon La Kao’s partnership with Laguna Phuket, Toon (Artiwara Kongmalai) said “Laguna Phuket has been supporting Kao Kon La Kao since its first project in 2016. I am delighted that Kao Kon La Kao will be running in Phuket for the first time in October this year. Please join us in the last 10.8K at Laguna Phuket. Special thanks to Laguna Phuket for extending discounted hotel rates to Kao runners,”

“It’s clear that Laguna Phuket and Kao Kon La Kao Foundation share similar vision in developing sustainable community and improving the quality of life. I’d like to also thank Laguna Phuket Triathlon and all runners at LPT Charity Fun Run this November for your support in raising more funds for Kao Kon La Kao Foundation to help hospitals in Thailand.”

Registration to the 26th Laguna Phuket Triathlon, 25 For 25 Sprint and LPT Charity Fun Run is available online at www.lagunaphukettri.com until November 17, 2019. Hotels and resorts at Laguna Phuket offer special rate for the race weekend.