Bangkok Airways, in collaboration with Tourism Authority of Thailand, Samui Municipal and Tourism Association of Koh Samui launch “Samui Island Marathon 2010” on 19 September 2010, to compete for HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Cup and the total prize worth over 3 million baht - the highest record in Thai marathon’s history.
"This is the first time ever for Bangkok Airways to organize a marathon at Samui and we are so proud to receive our 1st Cup from HRH Maka Chakri Sirindhorn. The objectives of this marathon are to support the tourism campaign from TAT, which is to encourage Thais to travel more within the country and also to attract more regional tourists to travel to Thailand. The point of sales will be Samui, where tourist can enjoy the scenery, and the destination also has high potential to handle the race. "Samui Island" is also known to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Bangkok Airways operates more than 30 direct flights daily to Samui from Bangkok, and 2 flights daily from Singapore and Hong Kong. Last year, Bangkok Airways carried more than 1.1 million passengers to Samui. For this first "Samui Island Marathon 2010", we expect to welcome more than a thousand runners around the world” said M.L.Nandhika Varavarn, Vice President - Corporate Communications.
Pol. Col. Siroj Pianskool, Senior Vice President of Sports Association of Thailand said “This race is by now the highest prize for Princess Cup ever held in Thailand and is internationally sanctioned by the Sports Association of Thailand and the Asian Athletics Association."
The race will be starting off on the Saturday morning, 19 September 2010, will start and finish from Nathon pier. Passing 4169 route, Lippa Yai Crossroad to Lippa Noi intersection to Ban Sakes intersection and turn around at Ban Hua Thanon follow the 4169 route back to Nathon Pier.
The marathon is divided into 4 types which are
1. Full Marathon (42.19 km.) subdivided to 18–29 years old (male/female), 30–39 years old (male/female), 40-49 years old (male/female), 50-59 years old (male), 50 years and above (female) and 60 years and above (male);
2. Half Marathon (21.100 km.) subdivided to 16-19 years old (male/female), 30-39 years old (male/female), 40-49 years old (male/female), 50-59 years old (male/female), and 60 years old and above (male/female);
3. Quarter Marathon (10.550 km.) subdivided to 15-19 years (male/female), 20-29 years old (male/female), 30-39 years old (male/female), 40-49 years old (male/female), 50 – 59 years old and 60 years old and above (male/female);
4. Mini Marathon (no admission fee) for Samui residence students age between 12 – 14 years old (2 km.) The admission fees for Full Marathon, Half Marathon, and Quarter Marathon from now until 31 August 2010 are 500, 400 and 300 baht respectively.
Applications submitted during 1-17 September 2010, the fee will be 700, 500 and 300 baht respectively. Apply on 18 September 2010; the admission fee will be 800, 600 and 300 Baht respectively. The Full-Marathon runner will receive a complimentary t-shirt and a cap. For Half-Marathon and Quarter-Marathon, the runner will receive a complimentary t-shirt. More information: tourismthailand.org
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