Why do I have to buy a
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!
Can I enter the
marathon/half marathon without buying the package
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.
I am the only runner,
but can my family come too
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!
Why does the race have to start so early
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.
Is there a time limit
on finishing the full marathon
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.
What happens if we have to leave straight after the race, and
can’t stay for the Awards Dinner?
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.
Can I buy my favorite sports drinks, gels and other energy
bars in Thailand?
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.
What is the programme
for the main events
program is as
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.
the evening of 22.
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
On the morning of 23.
March we will meet at 02:45AM
at the Amari Watergate
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;
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.
the evening of 23.
March, there will be a Gala Dinner at the Amari Watergate Hotel.
This Dinner is also included in
package; vouchers can also be purchased during
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.
Is this race only for international competitors?
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
What about insurance?
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.
Can I book the package and race through my local travel
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.
Do I have to stay in the
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.
What should I wear to
run in Thailand
in mind the heat. Runners,
both male and female, tend to wear normal ‘runners shorts’ and
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.
What should I take with me on Race Day?
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!
Are the race course distances marked?
the distances are marked – and the water stations are every 2.5k,
giving you an idea of where you are.
The race starts so
early, what about food before we run?
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
Did anyone famous run in 2002?
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!
Is there prize money?
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.