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03/06/2009 - Record numbers expected at Laguna Phuket International Marathon  03/06/2009 - Record numbers expected at Laguna Phuket International Marathon

The fourth Laguna Phuket International Marathon, presented by Nike, will take place on Sunday 14th June 2009 at the Laguna Phuket Resort and organisers have already seen record registrations for this years event.

The marathon, organised by Go Adventure Asia, is likely to welcome over 4000 participants, including 1500 international runners from approximately 40 countries.  Since the inaugural event in 2006 there has been an impressive 100% increase in entries from 2038 in 2006 to an anticipated 4450 in 2009.

Raimund Wellenhofer, Race Director of the Laguna Phuket International Marathon said, ''When we envisioned a marathon in Phuket as early as 2004 we knew that success would not happen overnight. We have worked continuously over the last five years to promote the event to a worldwide audience. We have established relationships with travel agents around the world, regularly attend major international marathon expos to promote our event and use e-marketing to communicate with our target market. We are excited to see that this hard work is now starting to pay off.''

Ms. Pinnaratana Dasanabyaggha, marketing communications manager of Nike (Thailand) Ltd., added, ''As part of Nike&rsquos support for this marathon race, we are organizing a series of four weekly training runs, featuring expert advice on preparation for a marathon. We strongly believe that the knowledge and experience shared in this training will help runners improve their performance at the 2009 Laguna Phuket International Marathon and other future races. In addition, Nike also supports runners under our sponsorship to take part in this marathon event, including national squad runner Amnuay Tongmit and female marathoner Patcharee Chaithongsri, who most recently won the 2009 Kentucky Derby Marathon in Louisville, USA.''

A series of events will begin on Friday 12th June starting with a two day expo featuring sponsor booths and a number of activities including a welcome pasta party the evening before the event and a farewell party on race day. Race day on 14th June will comprise a 42km Marathon, a 21km Half marathon, a 10.5km Run, a 2km Kids Run and a 5km Walk.

The 42k Marathon's scenic course starts and ends within Laguna Phuket, passing through tropical rainforests, rubber plantations and local villages, heading north towards Nai Yang beach before turning back to Laguna Phuket. The course is flat with some rolling hills in between.

Participants in any of the races at the 2009 Laguna Phuket International Marathon are also encouraged to take part in fundraising for charity, whether it is a charity of their choice or the Laguna&rsquos preferred cause, which currently is a disadvantaged school, Ban Klong Sai School in neighbouring Phang-nga province.

Online registration is open until 5 June 2009.

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