Road runners take to Bangkok streets

4 Oct 2011

The annual Amari Watergate will take place on Saturday and see 5,000 runners sprint through the streets of Bangkok. The charity race is unusual in that it is held at midnight and runners are presented with the rare opportunity of speeding along streets normally thronged with traffic.   

Competitors can choose from distances of either 6kms or 12kms. A 400-strong contingent of Bangkok police officers will ensure streets are clear for the eagerly awaited run. This is the 14th race in the series and, on previous ones, spectators and local residents contributed to the party atmosphere along the route.  

Money raised by the races will be donated to Chalerm Prakiat School and Baan Gerda children's village in Lopburi. Both of these institutions are dedicated to improving the lives of youngsters with HIV or orphaned when their parents died from the disease.

Competitor entry forms are 300 and 1,000 Baht and include the cost of a logoed running shirt. The latter also buys a ticket for the grand raffle where prizes such as international flight tickets and designer watches are up for grabs.   

First across the finishing line in the male and female categories on the 12km course will receive a Princess Sirindhorn trophy. There are also a number of other trophies for different age groups. Runners who successfully complete the courses will be given commemorative medals.

An after race party will take place at Henry J Bean's Bar & Grill in the Amari Watergate Hotel. Race details at http://www.amari.com/watergate/charity-midnight-run.aspx or 02 6539000 extension 5021. 

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