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Saturday, 14 July 2012

Pattaya marathon, registration


Done and dusted and what a show it is here. The 21st edition of this Pattaya marathon is a big event!

The start/finish line in front of Central Festival on Beach Road

Along beach road plenty of stands selling running materials and promoting their own marathons, Kanchaburi, Chiang Mai, Bangkok events and also Koh Samui. Quality for a change! The registration area inside Central Festival was also crawling with runners from all over the region, Malaysian, Singapore, China, Japan and plenty of other countries and of course lots of Thai runners.

In front of the registration area

It seems all very well organized, efficiently all bib's and shirts and bags are handed out to the participants. It's going to be very crowded tomorrow morning and an early one for me as well, wake up calls at 3.45am and race start at 5am!

One of the many bill boards along Beach road

This evening plenty of activities with live music, free food for participants and who knows what else is organized is going on in front of the Central Festival shopping mall. We are conveniently located in the Sea me spring too hotel, around the corner in Soi 10, quiet but nearby!

The race kit, t-shirt, front and back bib, time chip and bag

I wonder who designs the shirts for all the running events around Thailand, the color schemes and designs are to say the least 'interesting'. No complaints though, they come for free.

My new race shows, Vibram Bikila LS including a time chip and a Suunto pod

Am looking forward to this run, it's going to be a hard one with lots of descends and ascends and long sloping roads. Not a route which I can run under 2 hours, anywhere around 2:15 hours I will consider good.

Time to catch some sleep soon, an update on the race will surely follow tomorrow. This will be my last race for a while, the PADI IDC's will start coming in fast soon, the first one is scheduled to start 23rd July in Dauin, Philippines which will see me leave Koh Samui 21st July.

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