Pan-Asia Hash lands in Pattaya

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Pattaya city was host to the 2013 Pan-Asia Hash which brought more than 2,000 serious, and some not so serious, athletes from around Asia to the seaside resort to take part in 2 days of cross-country running and social activities.

The first event, the Red Dress Run, was held to raise funds for local charities and took place on Friday, July 5 when the participants were released from the start line at the Royal Twin Palace hotel in South Pattaya by Banglamung district chief Sakchai Taengho, with the runners making their way north to the finish line 11km away at Ban Sukhawadee on Sukhumvit Road where they later dined.

2,000 runners gather at the start line for the Pan-Asia Hash charity run on Friday, July 5 at the Royal Twin Palace hotel.2,000 runners gather at the start line for the Pan-Asia Hash charity run on Friday, July 5 at the Royal Twin Palace hotel.

The following day saw the more serious runs taking place at Khao Mai Kheow on the outskirts of Pattaya, with shorter runs available for those still nursing a hangover and the hard-core athletes taking on a 25km course.

Unfortunately a small group of 19 participants became detached from the main body of runners at Huay Luek Reservoir and were only noticed missing some hours later at which time a large police search was instigated.  The missing runners were finally located in the early hours of Sunday morning.

For the remainder of the field, the trophy presentations and grand gala dinner was held at the Pattaya Indoor Stadium on Saturday evening with the official closing ceremony taking place later back at the Royal Twin Palace hotel.

The Pan Asia Hash is held every 2 years with the host country being rotated around the region.  This is the second time that Pattaya has staged the event.