Hundreds of runners and walkers of all ages and abilities hit the hills and trails of Pratumnak in south Pattaya on Wednesday, May 10 to celebrate the annual Visakha Bucha Day Buddhist holiday and also mark World Peace Day.
Wuthipol Charoenpol, deputy secretary of Pattaya, along with several other dignitaries, set the athletes and weekend warriors on their way from a start point outside the Tourist Police Department on Pratumnak Hill. The route this year covered 5km of undulating terrain and runners were separated into four age and gender related categories, with prizes available for the top 10 performers in each division.
Notable winners on the day were Nittaya Sriraksa from Team Pumpui Running Chonburi in the women under-35 category, Nattiya Sungkhetkij in the women over-35 class, and Tachapol Sirikanchana from the Pattaya Team in the men’s over-40 category.
This year marked the 4th walk-run held on Visakha Bucha Day and following the event, participants were encouraged to attend religious activities at Wat Chaimongkol, Wat Boonkanchanaram and other temples around Pattaya.