Planning a weekend #Runcation at the second half of the year? These significant races in Thailand could be for your next holiday destination.

Run by the Beach – Pattaya Marathon 2016

A beach lover should not miss this internationally renowned run party – The Pattaya Marathon 2016!

Photo credit: Pattaya Marathon

This will take place on Sunday, 17 July along the picturesque Pattaya Bay. All categories (3.70 km, 10.55 km, Half marathon and Full marathon) will start at Central Pattaya and much of the race is run along stunning sea views and a fantastic atmosphere at Jomtien Beach Road and Sukhumvit Road. After taking a U-turn back towards the finishing gantry. you’ll be greeted with loud cheers and warm smiles from crowds lining the course, spurring you over the line! Once over the finish line, you can enjoy a fresh Thai coconut drink and some grilled seafood at the beach road; what better way to embrace the beauty of Pattaya?

pattaya city
Pattaya, Thailand.

Run in the Heart of Thailand’s Capital City – Bangkok Marathon 2016

Runners from all over the world are expected to gather on Sunday, 20 November at Sanam Chai Road for Bangkok Marathon 2016. It’ll be an extraordinary experience to run the course passes tourist attractions such as the Wat Pha Keaw, Rama VIII Bridge, Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall, Bangkok City Pillar Shrine and Ministry of Defence. There are four categories to choose from: 10 km, Full Marathon and Half Marathon. After the race, reward yourself with a traditional Thai massage and get your “recovery walk” done in this shopping paradise!

Photo credit: BDMS Bangkok Marathon

Bangkok Marathon is a world standard athletic sport of Thailand which is popular among Thai and foreign runners and tourists as much as the marathon in other famous cities in the world. Bangkok is known as the City of Angels, to whom the glittering roof of the Grand Palace is said to reach. You will forget about the tiredness from your 42.195 km. running but will be filled with happiness from the warm welcome and cheerful smiles. Most of all it’s really the genuine smiles of the people throughout the competition which you will find your decision most impressive and worthwhile.

bangkok downtown
Bangkok aerial shot. Credit:

Run and Celebrate Year End – Chiang Mai Marathon 2016

How about run under a cooling weather in the North of Thailand near Christmas Day? The Chiang Mai Marathon (on Sunday, 18 December) is one of the most talked-about races of the year – and with good reasons.

Photo credit: Chiang Mai Marathon

The beautiful route showcases Chiang Mai city at its every best, taking in scenic view of historical sites and traditional arts including the sights of the artful Lanna temples and the “Phra That Doi Suthep”, the sacred place of worship of the Chiang Mai City.

Chiang Mai, Thailand wat pra sing
Wat Pra Sing, Chiang Mai, Thailand

It is staged in the perfect environment for achieving PB, with flatter road, fresh crisp clean air and temperature of 12-18 °C. The event has been completely sold out in the last 9 years. Now in its 10th year, the registration opens on 1 July with limited 10,000 slots for overseas runners, so #JustRunLah buddies be ready!

thai umbrella in Chiang Mai

3 races not to be missed! If you’ve already entered, good luck and bon voyage! 🙂 If not, what are you waiting for? Let us know your favorite races at our new, regionally dedicated JustRunLah – Thailand Facebook page

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