Monday, 14 September 2015

Kamalaya Charity Run

Yesterday the first Kamalaya Charity run took place at the Baan Namuang sports stadium. We were lucky with the weather, it was partially cloudy and actually very hot and humid. This didn't make the running any easier!

Kamalaya Charity Run

Before the start with my son

The race was very well organized, with around 500 participants it was nice and not too crowded and the organizers thought of everything, like drinks, food after the race, including cold, fresh coconuts, toilets and even kilometer markers at the race.

Kamalaya Charity Run

The route

At the route there was almost no traffic, in this Southern part of the island and the one time we crossed onto the main road, police officers had everything under control. There were also enough water stations along the route, which was needed with this humid and hot weather.
The 10km route was also very hilly, a real challenge.
I am recovering from a hamstring injury and couldn't run at full throttle but still managed a 54'56.9 time over 10.13km, which I was happy with, considering the circumstances, I was most pleased that my hamstring held through.
In typical Thai fashion though, the start was delayed by 18 minutes, in my opinion the only minor downside on this otherwise great race.

Kamalaya Charity Run

Passing the finish line

It was a good event and I do hope the Kamalaya Resort will keep this event on Koh Samui's race calendar for the coming years. It's good to run in a different part of the island and as I already mentioned at the beginning of this blog post, it was well organized.

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