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Phuket sports: Masters of the trail

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: Young athletes on Phuket are being given a golden opportunity to take part in a brand new event coming to the island next month in the form of trail running.

Following the recent announcement that Phuket will host episode two of the 2012 Thailand Trail Running Championship at the Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Club (TSLC) on May 6, organizers are offering children under the age of 14 years the chance to enter the 3km Fun Run for free.

Columbia Trail Masters and Active Management Asia are striving to promote a greater awareness and enjoyment of sports for children in Thailand, and as such the 3km Fun Run (or walk) will herald the inaugural event on Phuket.

Combining the scenic characteristics of a good nature hike and the health benefits of distance running, trail running is a unique addition to the many novel fitness regimes available on Phuket. And this type of sport particularly suits youngsters. Courses through nature areas such as Khao Phra Taew National park, where this event will be held, have a less damaging effect on the developing limbs and joints of children where hard road and track running is known to cause impact related injuries over time.

“This is a great way to see children running and enjoying the sport. Kids take it very seriously and are very proud of themselves when they cross the finish line. It has proven very successful at our other AMA events in Koh Samui and Kanchanaburi,” said organizer Serge Henkens.

“As everyone is welcome for this family event, do not hesitate to come and run with your children. This is a festive and not too serious event,” added Serge.

To promote the opening as a genuinely fun occasion and to involve local communities, all Phuket schools are invited to participate. Over 200 children are expected to take part in this unique event that promises to be a highlight of an active sports day.

Every participant will receive a medal and breakfast at the finish line.

The May 6 event at TSLC will also include a 21.5km Off Road Half Marathon and a 10km Trail Run.

For more information visit or E: T: 027 189581-2.

The Phuket Gazette, The Nation and PGTV sponsor the Phuket episode of the 2012 Thailand Trail Running Championship.


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