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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016

Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016

The Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016 has been cancelled due to the passing away of HM King  Bhumibol Adulyadej on 13th October 2016


The Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016 is not strictly on Koh Samui but still an interesting event to talk about. Especially me being a runner and since I am planning to participate in this event. Check out their Full Moon marathon Facebook page here.

Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016

Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016

In 2012 I already participated in the 10km race and in 2013 in the full marathon, when it started at midnight, in Thong Sala. That was my second full marathon ever and providing I stay fit and healthy, this year will be my fifth full marathon ever. I ran two marathons in 2013 and one so far this year. This year two more marathons are scheduled on 25th September in Khanom and 16th October on Koh Phangan.

This will be the first time I will run two races on the same day, earlier that Sunday, at Chaweng Lake there will be the 3rd Mad Hatter run, and it looks like I will run the 5km distance there in the early morning.

Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016

Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016; The route

The start will be in Haad Rin, where the Full Moon party will take place, at 6pm and there will be an 8 hour cut off time. It will be my first time in Haad Rin, and so far in all my years living on Koh Samui, I have never visited a Full Moon party. For participants of the Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016, entrance to the Full Moon party is included. Personally speaking, I most likely will try to get out of Haad Rin and off Koh Phangan as quickly as possible after the marathon and get back to Koh Samui.

Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016

Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016; The elevation profile

It's going to be a tough marathon, the elevation profile looks hard like nails, with hills getting in and out of Haad Rin but at the half way mark there's a massive hill to climb, which looks familiar and is most likely in the general Haad Yao area, where I used to train during my last stay on Koh Phangan, when I taught a PADI IDC earlier this year in March. That is going to be a real challenge.
At this moment I think I can make the six hour cut off time, but it's still way ahead, with another marathon in my legs just three weeks earlier and a 5km in my legs that same morning.

Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016

Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016; The finishers medal, a very neat watch. An original medal!

Am looking forward to participate in the Full Moon marathon, Koh Phangan Sunday 16th October 2016 and you will see updates in due time of my progress and results.
Distance for racing are the full marathon 42.195km, the half marathon and a 10km race and I just found out that there will be no trophies. That's a bit disappointing, especially considering the fairly high entrance fee.
Nonetheless, hope to see you there.

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