Following on from the success of last year’s inaugural event, Pattaya City hosted its second annual Pattaya Night Run on March 2 and more than 4,000 athletes of all ages and fitness levels got into the spirit of the occasion by decking themselves out in reflective clothing and glow paint.
Upon registering, participants on the night were issued with special LED shoe clips, bright fluorescent bibs, glow sticks and reflective tattoos to transform the whole race route into a sea of colour. The 5km course, which started and finished at Bali Hai Pier, took the runners around Pratamnak Hill and the Big Buddha temple and included special fun features such as ‘the twisted tunnel’, ‘the illuminating path’ and ‘the power of light tunnel’.
Back at the main start-finish area, athletes and spectators were able to enjoy a neon-lit entertainment zone with games, food fair and a free concert by popular Thai hip-hop artists Southside.
Chonburi vice-governor Thammasak Rattanathanya oversaw the opening ceremony and start of the race and said that the event was a fun way to encourage people to exercise and had proved so popular with the public that it was likely to remain a regular highlight on the Pattaya sporting calendar. (Photos courtesy Pattaya Night Run 2019)