PHUKET: The award-winning Supersports Laguna Phuket Marathon will take place for the fifteenth time on June, 13 and 14 at Laguna Phuket, welcoming 15,000 runners from more than 70 countries and a new title sponsor, Supersports.
With over 80% of runners coming from outside of Phuket and 20% traveling from overseas, Supersports Laguna Phuket Marathon is a leading destination marathon in Southeast Asia and an important event for Phuket island. Contributing THB 291.58 million in 2019 alone, the event drives domestic and international travel to the island with visitors spending in the local economy on accommodation, food and beverage, and more. With a strong family focus, the event has become a fun vacation for many and participants spend time enjoying the island and its attractions both before and after the event.
“Our registration numbers are up on this time last year. Despite COVID-19 concerns, runners are committed to taking part and we are working with our partners to ensure a safe and fun race for all. Event planning is on schedule, registrations continue to be received and we are confident that more than 15,000 runners from around the world will take part this year,” shared Roman Floesser, CEO of the event’s organiser, GAA Events. “We’re also extremely pleased to welcome Supersports as a title sponsor this year. They are very active in the running scene and are a well recognized sports and lifestyle brand in Thailand.”
Supersports – one of Thailand’s leading retailers of sportswear, shoes and equipment – is a brand synonymous with “Athleisure” and have recently confirmed a three-year title sponsorship with GAA Events.
Held over two days, runners can choose from six distances: 2km Kids Run, 5km and 10km will take place on Saturday, June 13 as the sun sets, and the Half Marathon (21.0975km), Marathon (42.195km) and Marathon Relay (42.195km) will take place on Sunday, June 14, as the sun rises. The scenic course takes runners past local villages, coconut plantations, through the beachfront Sirinat National Park, and starts and finishes at Laguna Grove in the award-winning Laguna Phuket complex.
“It’s an honor that the Superports Laguna Phuket Marathon has been on runners’ wish list for many years, and a delight to witness the steady growth of the running community in Thailand. The past few years have seen running events play a bigger role not only in promoting a healthy lifestyle, but also helping to raise awareness and funds for meaningful causes. Supersports Laguna Phuket Marathon leads the way in both endeavors, very much in sync with Laguna Phuket’s aspirations,” said Paul Wilson, Senior Assistant Vice President – Group Director, Golf and Destination Sales & Marketing, Laguna Phuket.
“This June, Laguna Phuket will once again welcome thousands of runners and spectators to the beautiful island of Phuket and our destination resort. Laguna Grove, the resort’s outdoor event space by the lagoon, will become the race and event venue while our newly-launched ACES convention and exhibition space will host the pasta party, providing s memorable race experience to runners with exceptional service and hospitality. During your trip in Phuket, we encourage all to make the most of your time by visiting the many world-renowned attractions, as well as joining us in raising awareness and funds towards Laguna Phuket Foundation’s Children First Fund (CFF) to support more than 400 underprivileged children in seven orphanages in Phuket.”