Bangkok Triathlon set for July

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The third edition of the prestigious Bangkok Triathlon will take place on July 10, 2011 starting from the Rama 8 Bridge and featuring a course full of challenges.

Organised by the Raj Pracha Samasai Foundation under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King, in collaboration with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the Royal Thai Police, the event will pay tribute to His Majesty the King and raise funds for the foundation’s charity programmes for leprosy patients and children whose parents have been affected by HIV.  The event also aims to promote Bangkok as a city of culture, sports and tourism.

The Bangkok Triathlon 2011 will take place on July 10. The Bangkok Triathlon 2011 will take place on July 10.

The winner of the individual male and female categories will each receive a Royal Trophy and the winning relay team will receive the “Friendship Cup” given by the US Embassy on the occasion of 175th anniversary of US-Thai relationship.

The Bangkok Triathlon swim course will start with a 1.84km swim in the Chao Phraya River near the Rama 8 Bridge.  The river has long been Thai people’s lifeline.  Its beauty, along with the various canals that cut through Bangkok in the past, has earned the capital the nickname the “Venice of the East”.

The 55km bike course will take athletes to the top of the Borommarajchachonnani elevated expressway where competitors will enjoy a spectacular 2 loops with tremendous views of the western Bangkok countryside.  This 4 lane expressway is among the many royal initiated projects by the King to lessen traffic congestion in the western part of the city.

The run course, which will take place in Sanam Luang Rama 8 Park and over the Rama 8 Bridge, is 10km long and promises to be very exciting for competitors and spectators alike.  This refreshing 3 loop course will bring another memorable end to the 2011 edition of Bangkok Triathlon.

The Bangkok Triathlon 2011 is open to individual triathletes or to relay teams (a swimmer, a cyclist and a runner).  For more information or to register, go to www.bangkoktriathlon.org or call Active Management Asia on Tel: 02 718 9581-2