Bangsaen21 Half Marathon to be Awarded IAAF Bronze Label Road Race: First Half Marathon in ASEAN to Attain World Standard

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MICE & Communication with Chonburi’s Saensuk Municipality gears up to hold Bangsaen21 Half Marathon for the third consecutive year under the theme of “Striving for the Best Half Marathon in Asia” with over 13,000 runners to create this historic moment that the first half marathon in Thailand and ASEAN will be awarded the IAAF Bronze Label Road Race.

With runners’ application already at full capacity, the event will also see 16 world elite runners joining the half marathon. Bangsaen21 will be held on Saturday, 16 December for the 5 and 10 kilometer distances and on Sunday, 17 November for the 21 kilometer distance at Bangsaen beach, Chonburi.

Mr Rut Jiroajvanichakorn, Managing Director of MICE & Communication reveals that Bangsaen21 was the first running event held by MICE which propelled MICE to become well-known among runners as a running event organizer with world-class standards. Bangsaen21 Half Marathon is held for the third consecutive year under the theme of “Striving for the Best Half Marathon in Asia”, inviting runners to become part of this historic moment that the first half marathon in Thailand and ASEAN will be awarded the IAAF Bronze Label Road Race. Organizers of Bangsaen21 Half Marathon had applied for the IAAF Bronze Label Road Race from the International Association of Athletics Federations or the IAAF. Thus, the IAAF has agreed to send a committee to inspect the standards of this half marathon in accordance with the highest international running standards.
To date, only 101 events worldwide, all international races, are certified by those standards.

Mr. Rut adds that Bangsaen21 Half Marathon received support from Saensuk Municipality and will be held on Saturday, 16 December for the 5 and 10 kilometer distances and on Sunday, 17 November for the 21 kilometer distance at Bangsaen beach, Chonburi. From over 37,000 runners who applied for the race in the system, organizers have randomly chosen only 13,000 runners to be eligible to join the race this year. Moreover, organizers have invited 16 world elite runners to participate in the half marathon.

At the event, runners will experience the high standards found in international races such as certified distance from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) as well as race organization certification from the Asian Athletics Association (AAA) and the Athletic Association of Thailand (AAT). Roads will be closed throughout the race, emergency medical units and doctors will be on standby as well as emergency vehicles from leading hospitals. Every two kilometres, water, sport drinks, snacks and fruit will be provided, and there will also be a cut-off time. Moreover, a 100,000-baht medical insurance will be made for all runners while anti-doping test will be randomly carried out to comply with IAAF Label Road Race.

For the medical management strategy this year, the organizer has received the honor from Dr. Kasem Chaiklongkit, medical expert in orthopedic surgery from Sriracha Hospital to act as the Medical Director to plan on medical care for runners in case of injuries or medical emergencies. Moreover, organizers are bringing in over 100 medical volunteers, emergency medical units with AED as well as ambulances from several leading hospitals, all according to IAAF world standards.

The highlight and charm of Bangsaen21 that encouraged runners to train hard for the grand prizes are “Sammy and Mooky Mascots” that will be given to the first 100 runners in the 21 kilometer and 10 kilometer distances, and to the first 50 runners in the 5 kilometer distance.

Mr. Narongchai Khunpluem, Mayor of Saensuk Municipality says “Bangsaen21 race is considered an important event for the people of Bangsaen who are looking forward to the event and will be warmly welcoming runners to the area. The municipality has been continuously developing the race route to become more enticing each year. For this event, Bangsaen21 runners will start from Bangsaen Heritage Hotel to Bangsaen Roundabout, an important landmark of the city, to Bangsaen-Angsila Road, passing in front of the Shrine for Nezha’s Tai Tzu, Khao Sam Muk, Laem Tan and running along the beach to the finish line. Throughout the route, locals will be cheering for the runners, a charming activity held at Bangsaen21 race for the past two years. Moreover, the municipality has collaborated with the police, rescue workers and volunteers in the area to check the safety of the route as well as all road closures during the event to ensure safety for all runners. Now, the municipality is 100% ready for the race day.”

“As the host for this year’s Bangsaen21 race, we are proud to be part of the route that will be the first half marathon in Thailand and ASEAN to be awarded the IAAF Bronze Label Road Race. Bangsaen is a city of potential, with the readiness to host big events and welcome large numbers of participants, from its locations, hotels, accommodations, restaurants, shops, and friendly locals. This year, we have great cooperation from the community, shops, restaurants and accommodations around Bangsaen that is ready to welcome participants from around the country by offering special promotions and privileges for runners with medals. I believe that this campaign will be a way for us to show appreciation to runners who came to Saensuk Municipality. Moreover, Chonburi Province supports and understands the significance of this race that is held according to the Sports Tourism policy. When Bangsaen21 receives the world standard, the race will attract more foreign runners in the future, which is another goal of Bangsaen21 race to welcome more overseas runner to Thailand to boost the economy, tourism, and build a good reputation for the country,” says Mr. Narongchai.