21 March 2004


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  Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why do I have to buy a package ?

The Thailand Temple Run is more than just a race, it is a complete cultural experience.  The Package offers international runners a unique opportunity to enjoy the very best of the race, and the events surrounding it.  We also wanted to make it easy for you to come to Thailand for this unique marathon and half marathon, without having to hunt for accommodation, transportation etc!

2. Can I enter the marathon/half marathon without buying the package ?

Certainly, but you would be missing out on half the fun and the opportunity to mingle with fellow runners and their families.  The race only registration does include race day transfers, but none of the other extras.

3. I am the only runner, but can my family come too ?

Of course!  This is a family event.  Rates are available for the whole family to join in the site inspection, the carbo-loading dinner and the awards ceremony.  They can even come with you on race day, and cheer you on!  In fact, we encourage your family and friends to join you!

4. Why does the race have to start so early ?

It gets hot in Thailand!  Early morning is the best time to run – and we want to give you a good chance to finish before the heat of the day!  We still recommend wearing a hat and sunscreen, however.

5. Is there a time limit on finishing the full marathon ?

Six hours is the time limit.  At that time, we will pick up the last of the runners.  If, however, there are still quite a few people on the course, and near the end, we will let them finish.

6. What happens if we have to leave straight after the race, and can’t stay for the Awards Dinner?

As long as we know this when you book, we will adjust the package price accordingly.  If you happen to win a trophy, we will try to make sure you get it before you leave.  It would, however, be a pity to miss such a great finale.

7.  Can I buy my favorite sports drinks, gels and other energy bars in Thailand?

Probably not.  Gatorade and Sport drinks are available in some supermarkets, but gels, power bars and the like are not yet available in Thailand.  We strongly recommend that you bring everything with you that you need for the race.  Water will be provided, and can, of course, be bought easily.  We will also be providing electrolyte drinks.

8. What is the programme for the main events ?

The program is as follows:

On Saturday 22.MARCH 2003  the Excursion to the Floating Market and the race course site inspection will leave the Amari Watergate Hotel at 7.30 am.  Lunch is included, at a local restaurant on the river, near the starting point of the race.  For those not staying at the Amari Watergate Hotel, race packs can be picked up from the hotel between 9am and 5pm.  These will be delivered to the room of in-house guests.

On the evening of 22. March 2003 there will be a "Carbohydrate Dinner" at
the Amari Watergate Hotel,
the official Race Hotel, at 6.30 pm. This IS included in the full package,  Those not taking the full package can buy a Dinner Coupon during registration.

On the morning of 2
3. March we will meet at 02:45AM at the Amari Watergate Hotel and drive to the starting point of the race some 80 km southwest of Bangkok. At 04:30h there will be a Ceremony with Monks and Thai Dancers; the Full Marathon starts at 05:00h am. Transportation is included for everyone on the full package, and runners on the race-only registration.  Anyone wishing to accompany ‘race-only registrants’ will have to make transportation reservations in advance, and pay separately for these.  After the race, food and refreshments will be served in the International Runner’s Tent at the race ground, and busses will return to Bangkok as they fill up.  Trophies to all winners will be presented at the race ground.

On the evening of  23. March, there will be a Gala Dinner at the Amari Watergate Hotel. This Dinner is also included in the full package; vouchers can also be purchased during registration.  This will be a spectacular theme dinner, celebrating the variety of Thailand’s culture and cuisine.  An excellent opportunity to mingle with fellow runners and celebrate your achievement.

9. Is this race only for international competitors?

No.  The web-based package is for international competitors, but you will compete alongside some of Thailand’s best runners.  The Thais will also have the opportunity to join international competitors for the carbo-loading dinner and, of course, the Gala Dinner.  We anticipate about 1000 local entries for the marathon and half marathon.

10. What about insurance?

Participation is at your own risk.  We strongly recommend you take the proper steps to ensure you are fit enough to race such a distance, and that you take out your own holiday and health insurance prior to arrival in Thailand.

11. Can I book the package and race through my local travel agent?

 Most certainly!  Just ask your agent to contact us via the web site.  We also list the contact details of agents who are actively promoting the Thailand Temple Run in their part of the world, so you can contact one of these too.

12. Do I have to stay in the Headquarters Hotel?

No, although it does make your life easier as all transfers and functions take place at the Amari Watergate Hotel.  If you stay somewhere else, getting to the Amari Watergate Hotel to pick up your race kit on the day before the race, for the functions and for the race transfers is your own responsibility.  You can always move to a different hotel after the race – or choose from one of our recommended pre/post tours.

13. What should I wear to run in Thailand

Keep in mind the heat.  Runners, both male and female, tend to wear normal ‘runners shorts’ and vests/singlets.  The latest ‘dry fit’ type fabrics are often the most comfortable.  A cap is recommended for those not used to the heat – and for the slower runners.  Some like to carry their own water bottles and gels; there are also water stations every 2.5k.

14.  What should I take with me on Race Day?

There will be a bag-drop to store your personal belongings.  We do not recommend you carry valuables with you, but it is a good idea to have a change of clothes; perhaps a light sweater/jacket for the return journey to Bangkok; your favorite post-race refreshments and snacks and a change of shoes/socks!  If you wish to take a camera, a lightweight disposable one is recommended.  You should also have a hat and sunglasses – for use after the race!

15.  Are the race course distances marked?

Yes, the distances are marked – and the water stations are every 2.5k, giving you an idea of where you are.  

16. The race starts so early, what about food before we run?

For those runners on the full package, which includes breakfast daily at the Amari Watergate Hotel, breakfast boxes will be provided on the bus.  Others will have to make their own arrangements.  There will also be water provided for all runners at the starting line.

17.  Did anyone famous run in 2002?

Yes, the famous Japanese Eco Marathon Runner, Mr. Hajime Nishi, ran.  He is  in the Guinness Book of World Records, and travels the world promoting eco-friendly running, and his philosophy of ‘slow running’.  He plans to join us for 2003, so you can meet him there!

18.  Is there prize money?

This is not a ‘competitive’ race.  We are not encouraging people to enter for the prize money, but for the experience and the enjoyment of running. 


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