PATTAYA — July 15, 2012 [PDN]; The 21st annual Pattaya Marathon started with a bang in front of Central Festival Pattaya Beach department store, Beach Road, Nongprue, Banglamoong, Chonburi. General Lertrat Rattanavanij, honorary vice president of the Athletic Association of Thailand under Mr. Sonthaya Khunpluem, minister of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, and other honored guests participated early this morning in firing the starting signal of the Pattaya Marathon King’s Cup 2012.
Many Thai runners and foreigners from sport associations all over Thailand participated in the event, including wheelchair marathoners in the crowded field. Racers competed in 5 categories: male-female marathon (42.195 km), male-female half marathon (21.100 km), male –female quarter marathon (10.55 km), male-female wheelchair marathon (42.195 km), and student marathon (3.500 km).
In race results, the national male champion was Mr.Lawrence Kiptoo Saina from Kenya, last year’s champion, but he fell short of trying to break the record. The national female champion was Mrs.Euzaeth Jeruiyoj Chemweno, also Kenyan.
The Thai male champion was Mr. AmnuayTongmit, and the Thai female champion was Miss Natya Thanaronwat.
The half-marathon male champion was Mr. Jaran Jupoh, and the female half-marathon champion was Miss Sonthiya Saiwaeo. For the quarter-marathon, the male champion was NattawutImnoom; and the female quarter-mile champion was Ms. Berhon Bekcle.
For the wheelchair racers, capturing first place was Mr.Prawat Wahoram, also last year champion. Winners received the King’s Cup trophies and cash prizes totaling 2 million baht.
Running is the favorite exercise of most of people of all ages, and the annual Pattaya marathon is held to promote tourism as well as the Thais’ and foreigner’s love for exercise. The Pattaya Marathon was held in co-ordination with Muang Pattaya Chonburi, Thailand’s tourism authority; and the Athletic Association of Thailand under the royal patronage of H.M. the King; and other government and private sectors.