An elite group of runners will be heading to Doi Inthanon National Park on Sunday (4 June 2017) to take part in endurance runs for charity. The organisers of the Thailand Action Asia 50 say Sunday’s runs are restricted to 100 participants, but the full edition of the event in December will be open to all comers.
Action Asia Events director Michael Maddess said the ‘zero-edition’ of the run was being staged to raise funds towards the cost of a dam and planting new trees in the park. A bulletin issued by Action Asia and posted up on its website explained that the runners would be divided into three categories.
The three different circuits are 50km, 20km and 10km. The courses have been tweaked to give varying degrees of altitude climbs too. Runners in the 50km class will climb as high as 2,200 metres while 10km participants will only have to ascend 400 metres.
Participants in all three races have to be at the car park for Mae Ya Waterfall by 05:30 on Sunday morning. Runners in the 50km and 20km events will sprint away from the start line at 06:00 and those in the 10km half-an-hour later.
Running enthusiasts who have already confirmed their participation include Chorthip Utoktham and Ekkaphon Phonyiam from Thailand, and Jason Tam from Hong Kong. The inaugural edition of the Thailand Action Asia 50 has been pencilled in for 17 December 2017. Doi Inthanon National Park will also be the venue for this event.
Boasting a majestic peak of 2,565 meters, Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand. Hiking trails and sakura cherry blossoms in winter plus other unique attractions have made Doi Inthanon one of the most popular daytrips from Chiang Mai. Full information about Doi Inthanon, visit the What’s Up Guide to Doi Inthanon page.