Pattaya to mark start of Buddhist Lent with walk-run

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Pattaya will mark the beginning of Buddhist Lent with a Visakha Bucha Day walk-run and parade June 4.

Jinda Maensurin, acting director of Pattaya Education Office, joined Kittinan Chakart and Waree Inthana of the Pattaya Team Club at a May 11 city hall meeting to plan the event.

The walk-run will offer a 6 km run and 2 km run beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Pratamnak Hill. Bicyclists will also be allowed and water stations will be set up along the route.

Waree Inthana (left) and Kittinan Chakart (right) display the shirts that applicants will receive on the day of the run. Waree Inthana (left) and Kittinan Chakart (right) display the shirts that applicants will receive on the day of the run.

Organizers said the event is meant as a sign of commitment to the five Buddhist precepts and to avoid all vices during the three-month lent period.

Following the race, participants will parade towards the Big Buddha on the hill to participate in the Wien Thien ceremony.

Those wanting to compete can contact the Run and Bicycle for Health Club’s Varee Inthana, 081-945 3512 or Kittinan Chakard 085-790-4105, or sign up at the TAT office on Pratamnak Hill on the day of the run. The 100 baht entry fee includes a commemorative shirt.