A major international sporting date on Thailand’s calendar of festivals and events, 2019 will mark the 28th edition of the race with runners ensured picturesque coastal scenery in the host seaside city of Pattaya, just 140km from Bangkok. This is in line with the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s exciting ‘Open to the New Shades’ drive to bring visitors to experience Thailand from a new perspective.
The Pattaya Marathon full route begins at Central Festival Pattaya Beach on Pattaya Beach Road and runs alongside Jomtien beach, passing Pattaya walking street, Bali Hai Pier and Borommaratchachonnani Bridge on the way and includes a challenging uphill stretch towards Khao Phra Tamnak, Sukumvit Road and Chaiyaphruek Road before turning back to Pattaya Beach Road and the finish line.
Events include a 42km full marathon, a 21km half marathon a 10.5km run and a 3.7km fun run for students. Started in 1991, the event is always enjoyed by all who participate, and their support base.
Runners of the full marathon start off at 3am local time and finish at their own pace into the afternoon. The half-marathon begins at 05.10am from Bali Hai Pier and follows the same route as the full marathon from this point, while the quarter marathon starts from Bali Hai Pier at 05.45am, passing the lighthouse and Pattaya view point before continuing downhill and back to the starting point for the finish. The wheelchair quarter marathon starts at 06.20am, and the students fun run at 06.30am.
The event is organised by the City of Pattaya and had a total of 10 000 participants in 2018. The City of Pattaya plans to significantly improve the marathon in the coming years, in an ongoing effort to establish Pattaya as a leading sports city, given all that it has on offer.
Due to the numerous visitors during the Marathon and the high demand for accommodations it is recommended to check hotel rates and book rooms well in advance. The route may deviate somewhat from what we’ve described, this will be confirmed on the day.
Chon Buri is a Thai province set on the country’s eastern Gulf of Thailand that is renowned for its popular coastal towns. Among them is Pattaya, a quiet fishing village as recently as the 1960s, it is now an established resort town with a seafront promenade, high-rise condos, fine restaurants, shopping malls and a busy nightlife scene. On the hillside nearby is Wat Phra Yai Temple which houses an 18 metre tall golden Buddha. There are also several designer golf courses in the area, some with uninterrupted views across the beautiful Pattaya Bay.
Pattaya Marathon Contact Details
Tourism Authority of Thailand, Pattaya Office
Tel. +66 (0) 3842 7667; +66 (0) 3842 8750
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