Today (7 November 2016) at a “Phuket Governor Meet Press” session, hosted by Phuket Governor Chokchai Dejamornthan at Phuket City Hall, the progress of 2016 Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) organization was previewed by government officials as well as members of the press.
The race, comprising 1.8Km swim, 50Km bike and 12K run in Asia’s premier destination resort “Laguna Phuket” area as well as various scenic locations in Thalang District of Phuket Island, is scheduled this year for Sunday 20 November, and once again to be participated by thousands of athletes and spectators from around the world.
An exciting pro lineup promises to make the weekend of exciting races. Headlining the field are defending champions in both men’s and women’s fields; Michael Raelert (DEU) and Simone Braendli (SUI). Also to wow the crowd are LPT’s first dual champions from 2014, Massimo Cigana (ITA) and Alberto Casadei (ITA). Other pros to watch include Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS), Stuart Hayes (GBR), Emma Pallant (GBR) and Radka Vodickova (CZE), all vying for USD 20,000 prize money.
The enduring appeal and unique race distance of Laguna Phuket Triathlon attract entries from leading international pro athlete personalities, as well as age groupers worldwide. Weeks leading to the race, once again, see athletes and visitors descend to Phuket island to train, practice on course and take interval rest to get ready for the race on Sunday 20 November which is expected to be exciting, although some adjustments will be in place this year.
“Following the recent passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej that set our nation in deep sadness, I wish to thank the Phuket Government and Ministry of Tourism and Sports for kind advices in ways to proceed with our race as planned and to make adjustments for appropriateness,” said Prapa Hemmin, Event Director, represented Laguna Phuket at the press session.
“I am pleased to report that 2016 Laguna Phuket Triathlon has more than 950 registered athletes to date. Registration opens at www.lagunaphukettri.com until 13 November, and we are expecting more than 1,000 athletes from over 40 countries to join the race this year. With athlete’s followers and supporters also traveling to Phuket, the race is expected to generate more than 74 million baht spending in tourism segment for the island” she concluded.
Like every year, Laguna Phuket will also be fundraising for Laguna Phuket Foundation during LPT. Athletes booking their slots in Laguna Phuket’s sports events are being asked to raise funds through donations and sponsorships for the resort’s long established “Laguna Phuket Foundation” to operate its various charitable programmes. Athletes can make donations via online event registration and at the donation booth at the event.