Don’t make the same mistake of leaving it last minute to sign up for Bangkok marathons. Here are some of the most highly-anticipated runs coming up this second half of 2015 that you can still sign up for.
Central Group Mini Marathon 2015
What: For the ninth year running, this is the annual charity event organized by the Central Group to support those affected by the ongoing conflicts in the three Southern provinces of Thailand.
When: Sep 12, 4:30-8am
Where: CentralWorld Plaza, Ratchaprasong Rd. BTS Chit Lom
Distances: 10km, 5km and 3km
Registration: Tickets are B350, available at Central Chidlom (2/F), Ladprao (1/F), Pinklao (1/F), Ramindra (3/F), Rama 2 (2/F), Rama 3 (2/F), Chaengwattana (1/F), Robinson Rama 9 and Supersport CentralWorld (3/F). More information at 02-100-9794-5, 02-1000-9763.
*Note: Race kit collection on Sep 5-8 at CentralWorld (11am-7:30pm).
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Empire Tower We Run 2015
What: Claiming to be the first ever 100-percent Green Marathon in Thailand, this annual charity run raises money to buy sport kits for children in need.
When: Oct 11, 5-9am
Where: Em Space, Empire Tower, Sathorn Rd. BTS Chong Nonsi
Distances: 21km, 10.5km and 4.1km.
Registration: Tickets are B400-500. Opens Aug 31 at www.empiretower.co.th and G/F Em Space, Empire Tower.
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What: For those that don’t want to fight the heat of the day, here’s the run for you. The 18th edition of the run raises money for the following charities: the Chalerm Prakiat HRH Princess Sirindhorn School and Baan Gerda.
When: Oct 17, midnight
Where: Amari Watergate Bangkok, 847 Petchaburi Rd.
Distances: 6km and 12km
Registration: B1,000 for charity entry, B500 regular entry, available at bit.ly/1Ex5pRa through Sep 30.
*Note: Race kit collection on Saturday Oct 17 at the Concierge (10am-6pm) and the Lower Lobby (6-11:30pm) of the hotel.
What: The annual run passess Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue, the Marble Temple, Chitralada Palace, Khao Din zoo, The National Library and parts of the Old Town. There’s also a special, free 1km “Stars of Tomorrow” for parents to take part with their children (must be under 12).
When: Oct 25, 5:30am
Where: United Nations Building, Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue.
Registration: B400 before Sep 15, B600 from Sep 16-30, available at www.amazingfield.net.
*Note: Race kit collection at Amazing Field (10am-4pm) or on Oct 24 in front of Makutkasatiyaram School.
What: Everyone’s a winner in this race. This is the debut of the colorful, untimed fun run in Thailand, with clouds of different powdered colors being splashed at you at every kilometer you cover. There’s also a color festival at the end of the race.
When: Oct 31-Nov 1, 8am
Where: Vachirabenjatas Park (Suan Rod Fai Public Park), Phahon Yothin Rd. BTS Mo Chit/ MRT Chatuchak
Registration: B900 at www.thecolorrun.co.th.
*Note: All runners must wear white!
What: Another untimed, non-competitive fun run, divided into five zones of five genres of music from rock, pop, old school, to hip-hop and dance, blasting through the speakers, selected by the runners prior to the run. A music festival awaits at the end of the course.
When: Nov 7, 3pm
Where: Suan Luang Rama IX Public Park, Rama 9 Rd.
Registration: B700 Standard pack and B1,100 Rock Star pack. Twenty-percent discount for those that pre-registered. Available at, www.thaiticketmajor.com/sport/the-music-run-2015-th.
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What: The undisputed biggest marathon of the year, with distances for beginners to professional runners. Expect around 30,000 runners.
When: Nov 15, 2am
Where: The Grand Palace, Na Phra Lan Rd.
Distances: 42.195km, 21.1km, 10km and 1.5-4.5km
Registration: B500-1,200, available at www.bkkmarathon.com through Aug 31. Non-residents can register online at www.goadventureasia.com.
What: This is a completely car-free road race, taking place on the elevated Bommratchonni Road. organized by Thammasat Association. There will also be a photo certificate for 21.1km runners.
When: Dec 13, 5:15
Where: Suan Luang Rama 8, Rama 8 Bridge, Arun Amarin Rd.
Distances: 21.1km, 10.5km and 5km