Full Moon Marathon 2014
Posted on Aug 4, 2014
5th Full Moon Marathon in Koh Phangan
The island of Koh Phangan hosted its fifth annual Full Moon Marathon on the night of the 9th August. The marathon consisted of three races – a 3 km fun-run, a quarter marathon of 10 km and a full-length 42 km marathon, all organised by the Tourism Association of Koh Phangan. The runners were guided to different parts of the island, past well-known areas and spots that showcase the island’s extraordinary beauty. This yearly event welcomes people to Koh Phangan, drawing attention to the breathtaking views and natural splendor that the island is famous for.
Every year, participants come from far and wide to compete in the event and this year was no exception. There was a tremendous turnout of tourists and local Thais from the island as well as from all over Thailand. Individuals from a range of different backgrounds and ages were unified for this event, bringing an enjoyably competitive atmosphere in a friendly, community-driven way.
There was a slight twist to this year’s marathon – for the very first time, two of the races began in Haad Rin. This area bears great historical importance to the island, marking the birthplace of the famous Full Moon Party. Runners were able to catch a glimpse of the spectacular beauty of this renowned location, drenched in superb bright light from the upcoming Supermoon. The route then took them along the famously steep mountain road that runs from Haad Rin to Baan Tai, adding more of a challenge to an already challenging race. The runners then went on to tackle the other relentless hills that make up Koh Phangan’s mountainous terrain.
All participants were given a t-shirt as a token of taking part in the marathon and a memorial medal upon completion of their race. Furthermore, the first five to complete the full marathon were awarded a prize of 10,000 Baht each!
The Full Moon Marathon is a much-anticipated event amongst the people of Koh Phangan and it’s easy to see why. Locals are keen to move away from any negative stigma that is associated with the island and the Full Moon Marathon does just that. It promotes the ‘other side of Koh Phangan’, advertising the natural aspects of the island and bringing people together.
Everyone who finished the races should feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment for completing a challenging race that is made substantially more difficult by demanding routes and unusual starting times, not to mention the hot and humid climate of Southeast Asia. Well done everyone who took part and made it an event to remember. We look forward to seeing you all for next years Full Moon Marathon!
Full Moon Marathon Koh Phangan Pictures
Full Moon Marathon Thailand 2014
On the 9th of August, we will host the 5th Full Moon Marathon in Koh Phangan. For the first time, the run will lead from Haad Rin all the way to the North in Chaloklum. There will also be a Fun Run in Hatrin town (3KM) and a Quarter run (10KM). The start times are: 5PM (Fun Run), 10PM (Quarter Run) Midnight (Marathon). Runners can register in front of Drop In Resort in Haad Rin, from 3PM on the same day. There will be many prizes and Medals, as well as T-shirts for the participants.