Japan, Philippines and Thailand reign at 2016 Laguna Phuket Marathon
The 11th edition of the Laguna Phuket Marathon set new records this year by attracting more than 6,000 participants from 54 countries. This year saw the races take place over a course of two days, solidifying the event as Asia’s largest destination marathon. The fun, family-oriented marathon focuses on the athlete experience and allows participants from zero to 99 years of age to join in the fun.
Koji Nishizawa from Japan won this year’s marathon in the men’s 42km race, finishing in at 02:37:53h and besting defending champion Mario Maglinao from the Philippines, who came in third with a time of 02:49:54h and broke his record from 2015. Second place went to Neil Pearson from the United Kingdom with a record time of 02:47:16h. In the women’s division, Lany Cardona from the Philippines won with a timing of 03:23:00h, followed by Thailand’s Wilaiwan Kumpituk who came in at 03:24:33h, and Xiomara Templeton from the USA with a timing of 03:31:10h.
In the 21km half marathon races, Filipino racers dominated the competition, taking four of the top six spots. Richard Salano from the Philippines topped the men’s run, followed by Chris Truscott from Australia and Gregg Vincent Osorio from the Philippines. Singapore’s Vivian Tang led the pack for the women’s run, followed by defending women’s champion Christabel Martes and Jho- An Banayag, both from the Philippines. In the quarter marathon races, Thai runners Rattakarn Lamanee and Wialaiwam Kumpituk finished first in the men’s and women’s races respectively. Competing in the 10.5km run was also Babu Seenappa, who is a youth advocate for children living with HIV/AIDS.
Look out for the next edition of the Laguna Phuket Marathon, which will be held from 3–4 June 2017. Registration with super early bird fee is now open on phuketmarathon.com and gotorace.com.