Tuesday, 4 October 2011
The 14th Amari Watergate & BMW Thailand Charity Midnight Run in Bangkok
The 14th Amari Watergate & BMW Thailand Charity Midnight Run in Bangkok, 8th October 2011
Tomorrow the whole family is off to Bangkok. Our daughter will be completing her final exams during the morning and after that we will pick her up and take an afternoon ferry to the mainland. There we will try to get as close to Bangkok as possible.
The 14th Amari Watergate & BMW Thailand Charity Midnight Run in Bangkok, the only race in Bangkok to be held at midnight
The main reason we are going is to get a bunch of new Dutch passports for me and the children.
However, during this weekend there's also the 14th Amari Watergate & BMW Thailand Charity Midnight Run in Bangkok and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to participate in this event. A report of the race can be found here.
It promises to be an exciting event with up to 5000 runners, both local and foreign and it's in tribute of the 84th anniversary of H.M. the King.
It has become an annual institution and will once again take place along Sukhumvit - at Midnight.
Competitors can choose two distances, 12 and 6 km. I participate in the 12km run. The City streets around Sukhumvit road will be closed and protected by a police and security contingent of about 400 officers, and supported along the route by local residents, shop owners and probably some bewildered pub crawlers.
All the proceeds from the event will go to charitable causes, firstly "Chalerm Prakiat school" which supports the education of children whose parents have very tragically passed away due to HIV infection. Secondly, Baan Gerda, a children's village project in Lopburi province that supports HIV-infected children. And thirdly, Baht for a Better Life Project.
Hope to see you along Sukhumvit come Saturday midnight!