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March 20, 2018 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

The first full marathon in Hua Hin will be held on Sunday 13th May 2018 at Wat Khao Krailart, Hua Hin, Thailand. This exciting event is managed by the Preserve Hua Hin Group, an organisation engaged in environmental and social education programmes that promote sustainable practices for Hua Hin’s community. HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn trophies will be awarded to the first male and female marathon winners. The Hua Hin Marathon has a number of coequal aims:

  • To motivate the public to engage in physical fitness for good health and longevity,
  • To raise awareness of environmental and social sustainability, and
  • To continue to preserve and develop “Krailart Niwate” as the eco-spiritual tourism center at the last remaining urban mangroves in Hua Hin.

Preserve Hua Hin Group comes under the Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and along with Hua Hin municipality, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand is co-organising the full marathon. Officials of the event are expecting approximately 3,000 runners.

The race route starts and finishes at the Buddhist temple Wat Khao Krailart in Khao Takiab. The routes are based on the different categories and includes running on the beach. The runners will enjoy the view of Hua Hin beach in the morning during sunrise.

“Not only is this the first full Hua Hin marathon, but it also marks the 15th Preserve Hua Hin marathon and shows how far we’ve come. I’m proud to see the number of people that are interested in taking part in this event that benefits not only our community, but the earth itself, by raising awareness of environmental sustainability. I wish all runners good luck and may you stay fit and healthy.”

– Krip Rojanastien, Chairman of Chiva-Som and the Preserve Hua Hin Group

The event is categorised as follows:

MARATHON 42.195 KM

The first male and female finishers will receive the trophies from HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

Runners start at 3.00 a.m. from Wat Khao Krailart, run along a small road in Khao Takiab to Petchkasem road, past Vana Nava Water Park, head up to cross the flyover bridge, run on the flat road for 6.3 Km on Petchkasem road then U-turn and head south, running across the flyover, continuing along the track past Khao Tao reservoir to Hat Sai Yai for 2.9 Km then turn back toward the beach, run along the beach for 6.3 Km and continue to the road in Khao Takiab to the finish point at Wat Khao Krailart.

Male age groups: 18-39, 40-49, 50 and over. Female age groups: 18-39, 40-49, 50 and over. The marathoners who run through the finish line will receive a “Finisher T- Shirt” and an after race massage by Chiva-Som massage therapists.

Entry fee: 1,200 Baht

*Timing chip system, cut-off at 7 hours, limited to 500 participating runners.

HALF MARATHON 21.1 KM

Runners start at 5.00 a.m. from Wat Khao Krailart and run along a small road in Khao Takiab to Petchkasem road, heading south to Khao Tao, continuing along the track past the Khao Tao reservoir to Hat Sai Yai for 2.9 Km then turn back towards the beach, run along the beach for 6.3 Km and continue to the road in Khao Takiab to the finish point at Wat Khao Krailart.

Male age groups: 16-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50 and over. Female age groups: 16-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50 and over. The runners can enjoy an after race massage by Chiva-Som massage therapists.

Entry fee: 800 Baht

* Timing chip system, cut-off at 3.5 hours, limited to 500 runners participating.

MINI MARATHON 10.5 KM

Runners start at 5.30 a.m. from Wat Khao Krailart and run along a small road in Khao Takiab to the beach, running along the beach for an 8.5 Km roundtrip taking a mid-point U-turn to the finishing line at Wat Khao Krailart.

Male age groups: 15 and under, 16-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50 and over. Female age groups: 15 and under, 16-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50 and over.

Entry fee: 500 Baht

* Timing chip system, limited to 1,500 runners participating.

FUN RUN 5 KM

Runners start at 5.45 a.m. from Wat Khao Krailart and run along a small road in Khao Takiab to the beach, running along the beach for a 3 Km roundtrip with a mid-run U-turn back to the finish point at Wat Khao Krailart.

Open and non-competitive

Entry fee: 400 Baht

*No timing chips, limited to 500 runners participating.

All runners will receive the following:

  • A medal for everybody who completes the course.
  • A 2018 running shirt and Goodie Bag.
  • A certificate for the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Mini Marathon finishers that can be downloaded on the website one day after the event.
  • Accident insurance during competition for all participants.
  • Free download of race day pictures on JogAndJoy.Photos.
  • Free Dinner on Saturday 12th May and breakfast on Sunday 13th May after the race.
  • The Wat Khao Lan Thom courtyard nearby allows overnight camping for all runners and participants.

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