Runners-walkers hit the hills on Visakha Bucha Day

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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.

Runners line up at the start line on Pratumnak Hill, Wednesday, May 10.
Runners line up at the start line on Pratumnak Hill, Wednesday, May 10.

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.

Tachapol Sirikanchana from the Pattaya Team was first in the men over 40 race.
Tachapol Sirikanchana from the Pattaya Team was first in the men over 40 race.
Nittaya Sriraksa from Team Pumpui Running Chonburi was the first to cross the finishing line in the women under-35 category.
Nittaya Sriraksa from Team Pumpui Running Chonburi was the first to cross the finishing line in the women under-35 category.
Hundreds of runners took part in the event to celebrate Visakha Bucha Day and World Peace Day.
Hundreds of runners took part in the event to celebrate Visakha Bucha Day and World Peace Day.