Thailand hosted nearly 1,000 working occasions final 12 months; full marathons, half-marathons, charity runs, enjoyable runs, and loopy runs. I began working in Bangkok in 2007 and first ran the Bangkok marathon in 2015. With 1,000 occasions, there’s a race for each style, however selecting one is usually a little overwhelming. That’s why I’ve created this record of a few of my favorites, alongside a couple of others which have lengthy been on my to-do record.
Working races in Bangkok is usually a enjoyable option to discover the town. The marathons run previous a few of the most well-known sights, and the “vertical marathon” gives an incredible view over the town. If, nonetheless, you want to actually discover the town whereas working, a crowded race the place you’re aiming for a PB or difficult your self to attain a very good time is maybe not one of the simplest ways to do it. To run deep into the town’s historical past, tradition, and road life, I like to recommend testing a working tour. These excursions are personal and led by skilled, native guides, so that you’ll get the actual low down on working within the metropolis. And with every part from 5k runs to half marathons, there are excursions for each these wanting a little bit of enjoyable and people wishing to push themselves to the bounds.
With out additional ado, right here is my decide of the highest working races in Bangkok.
Primary Bangkok Working Races
Date: Dec 2-3, 2023
Begin Time: TBA
Classes: 3.5k, 10k, 21.1k, 42.195k
Over 25,000 runners from Thailand and from all over the world entered the Wonderful Thailand Marathon. The course included 4 totally different routes for the marathon, half marathon, 10k, and three.5k enjoyable run. Launched by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) holding any world-class marathon in Bangkok is a should, to showcase the nation’s lodging, transport, and security. The occasion featured a novel city-center course that took runners previous a few of Bangkok’s wonderful landmarks resembling Victory Monument, Wat Benchamabophit Marble Temple, Ratchadamnoen Road (Thailand’s Champs-Elysees), Rama 8 Bridge, and Golden Mountain Temple earlier than heading to the end line on the Democracy Monument.
Date: TBA 2023
Begin Time: 0.59 am.
Classes: 10k, 21.1k
Bangkok Midnight Marathon 2023 is accredited by the World Group of Athletics (IAAF), the Asian Athletics Federation (AAA), and the Athletics Affiliation of Thailand. Greater than 20,000 contributors run by way of Bangkok historic websites, in a race that’s widespread amongst skilled athletes. The racecourse begins at Sanam Chai Highway and ends on the Big Swing, touring previous a few of the metropolis’s most iconic websites together with Democracy Monument, King Rama V Monument, and Rama 8 bridge.
The midnight marathon begins at 1 am and ends at round 7 am. It additionally has competitions for 10k and 21k. Runners will obtain a bib, race shirt, goodie bag, and distinctive medal that’s impressed by JAK-SAN; Thai woven handicraft toys: fish (Platapian), kickball (Takraw), and fowl (Nokkrajib). The race provides native meals to all runners passing the end line, together with sponsored picture cubicles and an ice-cold leg tub.
Date: TBA 2023
Begin Time: 1:00 am (Midnight)
Classes: 5k, 10k, 10.5k, 21.1k, 42.195k
Bangkok Marathon is the largest marathon race in Thailand, with greater than 30,000 runners racing by way of Bangkok’s most well-known landmarks. Formally BDMS Bangkok Marathon is the oldest marathon held yearly in Bangkok, having been run in Thailand since 1981. The marathon is acknowledged by the Affiliation of Worldwide Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS). This race takes place on the third Sunday of November. It’s identified for the quite a few international runners who take part within the race facet by facet with hundreds of locals from throughout Thailand. The marathon course passes by historic websites, cultural facilities, and neighborhoods. It begins at Sanam Chai, crosses Chaopraya River through the Rama 8 Bridge, and passes Pra Sumen Fort, lastly ending in entrance in entrance of The Royal Grand Palace. It additionally provides a Half Marathon, a 10k race, and a 5k Enjoyable Run.
I ran my first 42k within the Bangkok marathon in 2015. It was a tricky problem little doubt. The marathon expertise additionally impressed me to be higher and do one thing totally different. So, I received the concept of making working excursions, whereas passing by way of essentially the most lovely landmarks in Bangkok; The Big Swing, Rama 8 bridge, Democracy Monument and Wat Arun.
Smaller and Membership Bangkok Working Races
Not a lot a race, however definitely essentially the most complete run for locating Bangkok. This 21km run is designed to cowl all of Bangkok’s must-see sights, in addition to cowl native areas and gorgeous panoramic views. Not the run for you if you happen to’re searching for competitors and a PB, however good for exploring the town and hitting the sights.
Date: TBA 2023
Classes: 5 Mile, 10 Mile
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Among the entry charges might be donated to each the “Queen Sirikit Heart for Breast Most cancers Basis” beneath the royal patronage of Her Royal Highness Queen Sirikit and “The Nationwide Paralympic Committee of Thailand” which is beneath the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King.
Thailand LGBT Working
Particulars: Coming quickly!
Thailand is the friendliest LGBT nation in Asia. 2019 noticed the primary Thailand LGTB Run, launched by MICE & Communication. The corporate’s identify has turn out to be identified globally after its sponsored race, the Bangsaen21, was awarded a Silver Label by the Worldwide Affiliation of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for the 21.1km half marathon. We hope you should have an incredible expertise and be a part of a top quality race with a novel theme.
TMB | ING PARKRUN
Date: TBA 2023
Begin Time: 5:00 am.
Classes: 2.6k, 5.2k, 10.5k
TMB I ING PARKRUN foremost occasion takes place within the adjoining public parks — Chatuchak Park, Queen Sirikit Park, and Wachirabenchathat Park (State Railway Public Park). Runners may also participate within the Digital Park Run, in conjunction, on the identical day in any park at their comfort. Race donations assist the Cardiac Youngsters Basis of Thailand beneath the Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana to fund the cardiac youngsters operations mission.
Hope to see you at a few of the races! I’ll not make all of them this 12 months however hopefully, I’ll tick a couple of extra off my record. In the event you’d wish to organise a run with me to study extra about working in Bangkok, please get in contact. I’ll be joyful to rearrange a go to to a race course, or a tour of the town.
Hope you benefit from the Bangkok working races!
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