Pattaya citizens hit the beach for charity walk-run

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Athletes burst through the tape at the start of the YWCA walk-run event at Pattaya Beach, Saturday, June 17.
Athletes burst through the tape at the start of the YWCA walk-run event at Pattaya Beach, Saturday, June 17.

PATTAYA – More than 1,600 locals came out to support Pattaya’s poor and women at the YWCA’s annual charity walk-run.

City Manager Wuthipol Charoenpol kicked off the June 17 fundraiser at Central Festival Pattaya Beach with YWCA Chairwoman Praichit Jetapai.  She thanked everyone from sponsors, musicians, police and volunteers.

Ornwara Kornpin (centre) hands out trophies to winners in the 6km Women’s Open race.
Ornwara Kornpin (centre) hands out trophies to winners in the 6km Women’s Open race.

The event raised 940,000 baht from entry fees and sponsors.  Funds will be used to support the construction of a new facility for the Baan Kru Ja Foundation and other YWCA programs for the poor and women.

The event kicked off at 4:45 p.m. and followed a course to the Dusit Thani Hotel and back.  The race was separated into three difficulty levels: a 6-kilometer race, a 3-km run and the 1.5-km walk.

The winners of each bracket, in order, were:

6-kilometers – Men: Than­warath Khamjing, Anan Promsenee and Supachai Na Nongkhai; Women: Anyamanee Klapajon, Rujira Nanta and Uraiwan Boonlraksin; Boys: Mungkorn Intachai, Wichart Wongsuwan and Nawin Phutasawa; Girls: Panika Khongkham, Narisara Sae-eiw and Porntima Wisetsiri.

3-kilometers open: Arisa Homraruen, Jinjutha Maktuam and Chalita Kraithong.

Winners of the runs received trophies while the walk was just for fun.

Over 1,600 entrants took part in the three separate categories.
Over 1,600 entrants took part in the three separate categories.