Love the idea of having a vacation that’s all fun and games PLUS a good workout? Now might be the best time to swing by Phuket thanks to Phukethon 2017, a marathon festival that challenges runners from all over the world to test their mettle along the majestic Promthep Cape.
Running between December 8 and 10, the inaugural Phukethon takes place at Saphan Rin, a public park that boasts a rich history along with a breath-taking view of the early-morning sunrise that marathoners can enjoy along with the fresh air and sea breeze.
There will be three main race categories, each with their own specific route for runners to take. Each individual route offers unique sights into Phuket’s history and scenery, and since December 10 will be set aside as a car-free day, runners will be able to enjoy themselves without any distractions!
The Old Town route (10 KM) is the first of the three, and goes through Phuket’s old city with a history that dates back as far as 114 years. Some notable landmarks include the Surin Circle Clock Tower and the Standard Chartered Bank branch, the first bank to be built back in 1907.
The half-marathon category (21.1 KM) goes along what is known as The Bay and takes runners through Panwa Port which overlooks the emerald-green sea of Cape Panwa. For many, the chance to enjoy the panoramic view offered by Makham Bay will prove too irresistible to pass up!
The final and most challenging race category, The Cape (42.195 KM), will put even the most ardent marathoner’s skills to the test. Runners will have to traverse slopes ranging between 20 and 25 degrees. However, their effort will be well-rewarded when they reach the halfway point situated at Promthep Cape, a famous viewing spot placed 200m above sea level.
The festival will also feature several fringe activities, such as the Colour Fun Run (5/2/1 KM) at the acclaimed sports training centre Thanyapura and the Jelly Fish Beach Run (5 KM) along Nai Harn Beach. There will also be a Running Expo with over 100 running-related booths, a “Fisherman Village” themed Food & Music Festival as well as other fun activities.
With over 10,000 runners expected to participate, you’d want to get your tickets before it’s too late! Registration can be done here and here. For more information, you can check out Phukethon’s official website and Facebook page.