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Laguna Phuket International Marathon 2010 registration open

Laguna Phuket International Marathon 2010 registration open (Forimmediaterelease.net) Registration is now open for the Laguna Phuket International Marathon, Asia's fastest-growing destination marathon scheduled to be held on June 13, 2010.
What's the Laguna Phuket International Marathon like? Friendly, fun in the sun! The marathon course is postcard coastal Thailand and takes in a typical Thai village market, a rubber plantation, beach and sea views, as well as stretches along buffalo-plowed rice fields before finishing in the resort of Laguna Phuket in the northwest of the tropical island paradise.

Each step of the 42.195 km marathon course has been officially measured and is sanctioned by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races.

EVERYONE’S A WINNER!

However, there's a distance for everyone at Laguna Phuket International Marathon 2010. No matter what your fitness level is now, or what your aspirations are, there are five great events on the same day to choose from: 42.195km - marathon (over 18), 21km - half marathon (over 16), 10.5km - run (over 12), 2km run (children only), and 5km walk (all welcome). Everyone has an opportunity to get their own medals and Nike Singlet at the Laguna Phuket International Marathon!

WEATHER

Phuket is in a tropical climate. The weather in June is likely to be warm with temperatures up to 30 degrees Celsius. June is the start of the rainy
season in southern Thailand, but with an early race start of 0430 hours it is hoped that the chance of you being out on the course in a tropical shower will be minimized.

ELEPHANTS JOIN THE PARTY

A familiar sight for Laguna Phuket's visitors are the resort's family of former working elephants who faced unemployment and abandonment following the
decline of Thailand's logging industry. Last year's winner, Stephen Paine of Australia, was greeted at the finish line by Lucky, the youngest of
these tame elephants, along with her keeper. Paine's winning time was 2:39, and the first woman, Katja Fink of Switzerland crossed the line in 3:34. In
2010, the elephants will join the pre-race festivities at the pasta party.

SIGN ME UP!

Registration for the Laguna Phuket International Marathon opened on October 1, 2009. There are special discounts for early bird entries. There are separate egistration fees are for the three types of races:

(1) Oct 1, 2009 - March 31, 2010
(2) April 1, 2010 - June 4, 2010
(3) June 11-12, 2010

ON-SITE REGISTRATION:

Marathon:
THB 2,600
THB 3,000
THB 3,400

Half Marathon:
THB 2,300
THB 2,700
THB 3,100

10.5 Km Run:
THB 1,950
THB 2,350
THB 2,750

5 Km Walk:
THB 1,650
THB 2,050
THB 2,450

2K Kids Run:
THB 150
THB 150
THB 150

The entry fee includes: race registration and running number, 1 Pasta Party ticket (except 2 Km Kids Run) valued at THB 950, Nike Race Singlet valued at THB 890, food after the race, Commemorative finisher's medal, and trophies for category winners.

ACCOMMODATION

Great deals are available at the luxury Laguna Phuket resort, right on the doorstep of the start and finish of the marathon. Deals start from THB
2,730. The following rate are available for the Early Bird Promotion for bookings by March 31, 2010. Rates are valid only for the event period, June 8-18, 2010.

LAGUNA BEACH RESORT
View Room, Room Type (incl. BF), Single/Double
Superior - Lagoon View: THB 2,990
Deluxe - Sea View : THB 3,630
Studio - Lagoon View: THB 4,225
Extra Bed: THB 1,960

LAGUNA HOLIDAY CLUB PHUKET RESORT
View Room, Room Type (incl. BF), Single/Double
Studio or 1-Bedroom Suite: THB 2,730
2-Bedroom Suite: THB 4,560
Extra Bed: THB 1,480

SHERATON GRANDE LAGUNA PHUKET
View Room, Resort Room (incl. BF), Single/Double
Garden Room: THB 3,580
Lagoon Room: THB 4,530
Family Room: THB 4,900
Grande Room: THB 5,200
Pool Access Room: THB 5,870
Ocean Room: THB 7,000
Extra Bed: THB 2,450

THE GRANDE VILLA
(incl. BF)
Lagoon Villa (1 Bedroom): THB 7,580
Island Villa (2 Bedrooms): THB 8,540
Private Pool Villa (3 Bedrooms): THB 9,490
Extra Bed: THB 3,630

OUTRIGGER LAGUNA PHUKET RESORT&VILLAS
View Room, Room Type (incl. BF), Single/Double
2-Bedroom Villa: THB 4,500
3-Bedroom Pool Villa: THB 7,200
4-Bedroom Pool Villa: THB 10,700
Extra Bed: THB 1,840

DUSIT THANI LAGUNA RESORT
View Room, Room Type (incl. BF), Single/Double
Deluxe Lagoon Viewz: THB 3,500
Deluxe Sea View: THB 4,100
Deluxe Ocean Front: THB 5,300
Extra Bed: THB 2,080

TRAVEL

The island of Phuket can be reached by direct flights from many international airports or via a connection in Bangkok.

SPONSORSHIP NEWS

Laguna Phuket has extended its commitment to the Phuket International Marathon for a further three years renewing its expiring title sponsorship
contract until 2012. The events managing director Raimund Wellenhofer is extremely pleased with Laguna's continuous support of the event.

“Laguna has shared our vision of the event from the beginning, and we are excited about Laguna's commitment in a time when sponsors scrutinize even more where to
put their sponsorship money. I believe that the increase in international participants in 2009, despite a temporary slowdown in international tourist
arrivals, has been one of the main arguments for us to convince Laguna to continue our successful partnership far into the future as they could
clearly see the benefits of putting on an event to boost guest numbers at Laguna," Raimund said.

GO ADVENTURE ASIA APPOINTED ORGANIZER FOR ANOTHER THREE YEARS

Go Adventure Asia (GAA) has been appointed to organize the event for another three years. The Bangkok-based firm is a professional event organizer with a focus on running and multi-sport events. GAA has a track record of organizing international standard sporting events in Thailand and Asia.

GAA has organized the Laguna Phuket International Marathon for the last four years, manages the Laguna Phuket Triathlon, Asia's leading destination
Triathlon, and is also involved in the management of Ironman China and the Pan Pacific Bangkok Walk 4 Women.

Roman Floesser, general manager of GAA commented: “The Laguna Phuket International Marathon is one of Asia's premier marathon events, and we are proud to have been managing the event since its inauguration. In our growing portfolio of events, the marathon remains the biggest and most important event for us, and we look forward to the 2010 edition and beyond."

ABOUT THE LAGUNA PHUKET INTERNATIONAL MARATHON

Race Date: June 13, 2010.
For further information, go to www.phuketmarathon.com
Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/phuketmarathon

Anuj Singhal Information Officer Tourism Authority of Thailand B - 9/1 (A), Ground Floor Vasant Vihar, New Delhi - 110057 Phone No: 91-11- 4674 1111, 41663567/68/69 Mob: 9811385090 Fax No: 41663570 Web: www.amazingthailand.co.in

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