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Run For Fun – Run For The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation

September 19, 2015 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

Tommy_TurtleMai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation in collaboration with the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa and the MKMF partners will host its annual fundraising community sports event, the 11th Mai Khao Marine Foundation Fun Run and Mini Marathon 2015, which will take place on Sunday October 4th , 2015, from 4.30 am – 7.30 am, at Pru Jeh San Lake on Phuket’s idyllic Mai Khao Beach.

The event is a fun, family oriented affair open for all ages and the general public. The race starts and finishes at a spacious JW’s Marriott Phuket’s parking‘s lot and encompass the surrounding beauty of Mai Khao village. There are two distances: 4.5km fun run and a 10.5km mini marathon on a new improved route with spectacular view of Andaman Sea, it will truly delight and challenge all runners.

For both, overall fun run 4.5km and 10.5Km – male and female category, trophies and cash prizes will be awarded for 1st to 5th place finishers.

The first 700 registered runners will also receive a running shirt and medal, and there will be a trophy for the hotel and running club with the most participants.


The entry fee is 300 Baht with the money raised going towards to the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation. For registration, contact our team at the Concierge in the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa’s lobby (see end info for contact), from now until September October 3rd , from 10 am to 5 pm.

Thank you to all of the generous sponsors, associates, volunteers and participants.


The annual Turtle Fun Run and Mini Marathon – while also aiming to encourage in people a healthy lifestyle – is a collaborative effort by the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and its partners to raise funds and awareness of the conservation work done by the Phuket Marine Biological Center and its “The Injured Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Program” to rescue, rehabilitate and release (recovered) injured turtles, dolphins, whales and dugongs.

Phuket’s endangered sea turtles – which use Mai Khao Beach as a nesting ground – are facing multiple threats, their numbers having severely depleted in recent years.

Commercial fishing kills thousands of them every year, while many more die from eating or becoming trapped in plastic debris littering the ocean.

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