You'd better make room in your suitcase for your running trainers; the Laguna Phuket Marathon draws thousands from across the world.
- When? TBC June 2018
- Where? Laguna Phuket, Phuket
- Price: $105 for oversees marathon runners
With so many Thai staples being carb based dishes, we think Thailand is the perfect place to run, Forrest, run. Thousands attend a whole weekend of running events every June on the island of Phuket with the signature Laguna Phuket Marathon taking place on the Sunday. So how about working off all that tasty Pad Thai?
Considered one of the island's biggest sporting events of the year, this fitness-inspired weekend attracts some 6000 participants across one weekend in early June who make up more than 50 nationalities from around the world. With the message to keep fit bigger than ever, many of us like to do so even on our holidays and this event is one way to keep your approach fun and engaging.
The Laguna Phuket Marathon has been running for over ten years now and is organised by Go Adventure Asia. Even those who decide not to run and simply spectate from the side-lines are met with a great atmosphere. On the Saturday, 2km, 5km and 10.5km races all take place in the afternoon, before the half marathon and marathon commence on Sunday morning.
Of course the star attraction is the longest distance race (the marathon) which starts and finishes at Laguna Phuket and sees runners pass through local villages and pineapple and rubber plantations. If you were planning to see some of the island on foot, the race is a great option to do so (even if you're jogging instead of walking). And for those who'd rather eat a helping of Pad Thai from the side-lines that's fine too; we can't all be like Forrest can we?
- Get there: Drive south from Phuket International Airport to Laguna Phuket on the east of the island. It'll take around 40 minutes.
- Stay: Book accommodation in the east of the Thalang District, near to Laguna Phuket.
Find more information on the gotorace.com website, including entry prices.
*We do our very best to verify the dates of our events but please check with the official event provider before booking your flights. We would hate for you to be disappointed!