Connect with us


Athletes flock for Laguna Phuket’s 18th international triathlon

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: Over 1,000 competitors are descending on the island for the 18th Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) which officially begins today with race registration and a press conference at the Dust Thani Laguna Phuket.

Registration numbers have smashed all previous records from the 17 year history of this prestigious Southeast Asian athletic event.

Master of ceremonies Whit Raymond will introduce several guest speakers at 1:30pm today at Dusit Hall to honor the opening of the LPT.

The schedule includes Paiboon Upatising President of the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization, Bangornrat Shinaprayoon of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Prasert Tanhansa of Thai Airways International and David Campion of Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts.

Following the speakers, several high profile triathletes competing in this year’s race will be given a detailed introduction. Defending men’s and women’s champions Massimo Cigana and Belinda Granger, respectively, will field questions from the media, as will Jaray Jearanai who is the first Thai athlete to compete in both the Ironman 70.3 and Ford Ironman World Championships.

Our own Tri Tim, whose road to prepare for the LPT has been monitored by Phuket Gazette readers, will also join the panel for pre-race insights into tactics and emotions.

Once the press conference has concluded, the Laguna Phuket Survival Swim Program (LPSSP) will be officially launched.

LPSSP will endeavor to teach more than 2,600 children from local schools in Thalang the benefits of competence in the water, and will be held on beaches, municipality pools and at Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Club.

An estimated 600,000 baht is required to implement the training program and athletes participating in the LPT are individually raising money.

This evening, every athlete will attend race briefings given in different languages to accommodate the vast range of international competitors, and will be followed by the traditional “Pasta Party” – the last big meal for athletes before the race starts.

Tomorrow morning at 6.30 the starter’s gun will be fired and the first wave of athletes will surge into the water off Laguna Beach Resort near the Marine Center.

At 7:30am the Fun Run begins and by 9am the first finisher is due to cross the finish line.

Organizers expect the last competitors home by 1pm. They will then have four hours to gather themselves for a cocktail party, the awards ceremony and a banquet due to carry on late into the evening, or at least until the adrenaline and drinks stops flowing.

The Phuket Gazette and PGTV are sponsors of the Laguna Phuket Triathlon and wish all participants the very best for tomorrow’s race.

— Neil Quail


Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Tourism30 mins ago

TAT announces 1,500 travellers arriving in Phuket July 1

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

5 million Moderna vaccines for Thailand, half of expectation

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 hours ago

Covid-19 round-up for expats 3: Are countries helping Thailand?

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 hours ago

Covid-19 round-up for expats 2: Will your country give a vaccine?

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 hours ago

Covid-19 round-up for expats 1: Should you travel to Thailand?

Thailand6 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Lockdown for BKK? Demonstrations back on, Pathum Thani shooter arrested

Thailand6 hours ago

Myth busted: Drinking alcohol does not kill Covid-19 – VIDEO

Phuket7 hours ago

Power outages coming to Kathu, again

Tourism7 hours ago

List of countries by Covid-19 risk level, classified by Thailand’s DDC

Thailand8 hours ago

Legalised marijuana up next? Courts get closer to legalising kratom

Phuket9 hours ago

Phuket police raids nab suspects for allegedly having guns, drugs, kratom

World10 hours ago

Antivirus legend John McAfee apparent suicide in Spanish prison

Coronavirus (Covid-19)10 hours ago

Thursday Covid Update: 4,108 new cases; provincial totals

Coronavirus (Covid-19)10 hours ago

Bar girls in Pattaya arrested for allegedly violating Covid restrictions while live streaming

Protests11 hours ago

Gathering for 89th anniversary of constitutional monarchy

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8