Runners on their marks for this weekend’s Pattaya Marathon

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Road warriors from both home and abroad will be dusting off their running shoes and heading to Pattaya this weekend for the 24th edition of the Pattaya City King’s Cup Marathon, taking place on Sunday morning, July 19.

The racing will be held in different categories including a full marathon of 42.195km, a half marathon (21.1km), quarter marathon (10.55km), a wheelchair quarter marathon (10.55km) and a micro marathon (fun run) of 3km.  The first three categories will be subdivided into age and gender related groups while there is no entrance fee and no prizes for the 3km fun run.

The activities stage including the start and finish line will be located at the Central Road and Beach Road intersection.  Registered runners can collect their race kit at this area from 11:00 – 20:00hrs on Saturday, July 18.

The route for the full marathon will be a starting point at Central Pattaya/Beach Road at 3.30 a.m., then heading north towards the Dusit curve and Dolphin roundabout, turn right onto 2nd Road all the way to South Pattaya Road, turn left at Wat Chai Mongkol onto South Pattaya Road heading to Sukhumvit Road.  At Sukhumvit Road the runners will turn right and run all the way to the entry of Khao Chee Chan, make a U-turn, turn left into Jomtien 2nd Road, onto Thappraya Road, turn left towards the Navy radio station, around the hill and down to Bali Hai Pier, through Walking Street onto Beach Road and back to the finish line at Central Road.

With the races taking several hours to complete, motorists and other commuters should expect to encounter delays and diversions on Sunday morning across the city’s main thoroughfares.