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A Guide to Phuket Fun Runs, Trail Runs and Marathons

UPDATE, May 1: Due to coronavirus concerns a number of the events listed below risk being postponed or cancelled. Please check directly with race organisers for the latest. Organisers for the Laguna Phuket Marathon in June have announced that the race is postponed to December 5 and 6. We’ll try to update this page as announcements are made.

Phuket running events were something I avoided like the plague for most of my 20 years living here, but when my daughter joined a running club at her school a few years ago it opened my eyes to another slice of life here.

A sweaty slice of life. A life that involved getting up well before dawn on a Sunday to drive blearily to a gathering spot where hundreds, maybe thousands of people gathered, ready to start a 5km, 10km or marathon-length run in the tropical darkness.

At first, I just drove my daughter to these events and waited for her at the finish line, then, with the encouragement of her teacher (thanks Teacher Lauren!) I decided to join in.

I’ve never been a great runner and getting back into running was a tough slog, especially with Phuket’s tropical heat to contend with. But I’ve come to love it and now look forward to starting my days with an early-morning run around the neighbourhood.

I will never achieve any running glory, but I’m proud of my growing collection of participation medals from the 5km fun runs I’ve joined around Phuket. My personal running goal for 2020 is to make a leap from 5km to 10km runs. I realise this not an amazing achievement, but for my slow, lazy-ass self it’s like summiting Everest!

Laguna Phuket Marathon
Starting off on a dark, rainy morning can be tough – but at least it’s not cold!
Photo: Laguna Phuket Marathon

Where to run in Phuket in 2020

Phuket is host to several running events throughout the year, from 5k/10k community fun runs to internationally recognised runs like the Laguna Phuket Marathon.

Local races around Phuket usually have two distance categories, one from 3km to 5km and a longer run 10km to 11.5km. They are usually – but not always – divided into age and sex categories with the top 5 runners in each category winning a trophy and maybe a bit of prize money. These events are not often timed officially, so be sure to wear a Fitbit or fitness tracker if you want to record your pace and finish time.

Signing up for such events can be done online for some runs, while for others you’ll need to find out where to go to sign up and pick up your bib and T-shirt. It seems that a lot of local running events set up stands at Limelight Mall in Phuket Town in the weeks or days before the event.

The fee to join local running events ranges from about 250 to 700 baht and includes a T-shirt. International events like the Laguna Phuket Marathon are more expensive but it’s professionally managed with official race times and a few days of events to enjoy along with the run.

I’ve tried to include websites or Facebook pages with each event that will provide more information and registration details. Much of the race information is in Thai only.

Phuket running event calendar

I’ll try to update this page throughout the year once I’m able to confirm the dates and details of any more races. Running events in nearby provinces like Krabi and Phang Nga I’ll include as well.

If you know about any more Phuket running events, please post details about it in the comments below or email me at lana (@)

Happy running!

January 2020

January 5
Bangneaw Minimarathon

Location: Phuket Town
Start time: 6:00am
Route distances: 4km and 10km (350 baht)

January 19
Back To School 2 “Run for Junior 2020”

Location: Phuket Town
Start time: 5:45am
Route distances: 5km (399 baht), 10km (499 baht)

January 26
Khao Sok Half Marathon Run for Ranger

Location: Cheow Larn reservoir, Khao Sok, Surat Thani
Route distances: Half marathon 21.8km (700 baht); 11.8km (500 baht); 3.6km (300 baht); run run kid 2.5km (150 baht)

February 2020

February 2
Vichit Mini Marathon
Location: Vichit Municipality office
Start time: 06:00
Route distances: 4.5km and 10.5km

February 15 and 16
Phang Nga Half Marathon Night & Day Run 2020
Location: Phang Nga Town
Start times: 18:00 on Feb 15 for 4.3 and 6.9 mile runs; 05:00 on Feb 16 for 15.3 mile half marathon
Event details: Proceeds support the addition of new playground equipment for Phang Nga Kindergarten

February 23
Siriroj Run for Health
Phuket Run For Health, Series 1
Location: Phuket Old Town
Start time: 05:00
Route distances: 3km, 6km, 12km
Event details: First part of a 4-run series organised by Phuket hospital officials.

March 2020

March 1
Run for Life Home Mini-Marathon #2

Location: Phuket Boxing Stadium, Koh Siray
Start time: 06:00
Route distances: 6km and 11.3km (400 baht)
Event details: Proceeds go to the Life Home Foundation, a charity for mothers and children affected by HIV/Aids.

March 15
Kathu Family Run
Location: Kathu Municipality
Start time: 17:00
Route distances: 2.5km walk; 6km run

March 21
Colorful Run at BISP

Location: British International School, Koh Kaew
Start time: 12:00
Event details: “It’s a pressure-free, competition-free sporting event. While running, different colored paint will be tossed at runners at different stations located throughout the course. Everyone is welcome to dress up into crazy costumes, tutus, wigs, etc. Entry cost 500 baht or three for 1,200 baht, with proceeds going to charity.”

March 29
Rawai MiniMarathon 2020
Location: Nai Harn, Rawai
Start time: 05:00
Route distances: 4.5km (300/350 baht); 11km (350/400 baht)

Mai Khao run festival
Beach runs are scenic, but a bit slow going in soft sand! The Mai Khao Beach run of 2019.

April 2020

April 5
Mai Khao Beach Run Festival 2020
Location: Mai Khao Beach
Start time: TBA
Route distances: 5km; 10.5km; 21.1km half marathon

April 5
To Be Number One Phuket Family Run 2020
Location: Khlong Krata Reservoir, Chalong
Start time: 05:00
Route distances: 5km (350 baht); 10km (400 baht)

May 2020

May 10
Run for Breath

Location: Khlong Krata Reservoir, Chalong
Start time: 05:00
Route distances: 5km (350 baht); 11.4km (450 baht)
Event details: All proceeds for the purchase of medical equipment for Chalong Hospital.

May 17
Dibuk Health for All – Phuket Run for Health, Series 2

Location: Bangwad Dam, Kathu
Start time: 05:00
Route distances: 3.5km, 7km, 15km
Event details: Second part of a 4-run series organised by Phuket hospital officials.

July 2020

July 4 and 5
Ultra Trail Phuket
– POSTPONED TO 24 & 25 JULY 2021
Location: Banmaireab School, Kathu
Start time: 22:00 on July 4 for 65km; 06:30 on July 5 for 32km; 07:00 for 15km
Route distances: 15km (990 baht), 32km (1,950 baht), 65km (2,900 baht)
(This looks like an extremely challenging event through jungle-clad hills, especially as it will be in the rainy season!)

August 2020

August 16
Mission Charity Run – Phuket Run for Health, Series 3

Location: Thalang, near Khao Phra Thaew National Park
Start time: 05:00
Route distances: 4km, 8km, 18km
Event details: Third part of a 4-run series organised by Phuket hospital officials.

September 2020

September 27
Bangkok Hospital Phuket Running with the Heart Together – Phuket Run for Health, Series 4

Location: Nai Harn
Start time: 05:00
Route distances: 5km, 9km, 21km
Event details: Fourth and final part of a 4-run series organised by Phuket hospital officials.

November 2020

November 8*
Run Family To Be Number One Phang Nga
Location: Phang Nga Town
Start time: 06:00
Route distances: 3km (350 baht), 5km (350 baht), 11.5km (450 baht)
*Postponed to 8 November from 26 April 2020

November 21
Laguna Phuket Charity Fun Run

Location: Laguna Grove, Bangtao Beach
Start time: 4pm
Route distances: 2km kids run (400 baht); 5km (500 baht); 10km (650 baht)

November 22
Laguna Phuket Triathlon

Location: Laguna Grove, Bangtao Beach
Start time: 6:30am
Route distances: 1.8km swim, 50km bike ride and 12km run
Event details: Regular entry fee is 4,200 baht for Thai residents, US$230 for overseas athletes, with discounts for early registration.

November 22
Phukethon 2020 “New Normal Edition”
Location: Phuket Town to Makham Bay
Route distances: Half marathon 21.1km; 10km; 5km

December 2020

December 5
Laguna Phuket Mini Marathon and Fun Run
(originally scheduled for June 13)
Location: Laguna Phuket, near Bangtao Beach
Start time: 16:00
Route distances: 2km kids’ run, 5km and 10.5km

December 6
Laguna Phuket Marathon
(originally scheduled for June 14)
Location: Laguna Phuket, near Bangtao Beach
Start time: 04:30
Route distances: Half marathon, marathon, marathon relay

Phuket Running Events in 2021

Due to events in 2020 being postponed with the coronavirus situation, we’re adding fun runs and marathons for 2021 here as we find out new event dates.

May 2021

May 2*
Khao Lak Marathon 2020

Location: Khao Lak, Phang Nga
Route distances: 5km (400 baht); 10km (600 baht); 21km half marathon (800 baht); 42km marathon (1,000 baht)
Event details: Organisers say it’s the first-ever marathon in Phang Nga province.
*Originally scheduled for 2 May 2020, postponed due to Covid-19 concerns

If you’re looking for info on other running events in Thailand, check out this Facebook page: WingNaiDee Events

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