The ibis Koh Samui Trophy 2011 International Adventure Race and Fun Run. The third edition of “The ibis Koh Samui Trophy” brings the new, spectacular and fast growing sport of Adventure Racing to the South of Thailand.
Supported by ibis Hotels, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Tourism Association of Koh Samui and the Thai Hotel Association of Koh Samui, this inaugural Adventure Race is set to attract 100 teams from around the world.
Scheduled on September 17 and part of the Amazing Thailand Adventure Race Series, the race will start and finish on the magnificent Bophut beach.
Adventure Racing is a highly visual and dynamic sport genre, stretching competitors to their limits. It is a sport that is rapidly capturing the imagination of sport people in Thailand and around the world.
“After the tremendous international success of the last River Kwai Trophy in Kanchanaburi, we are very excited to bring quality Adventure Racing in Samui again,” explains Serge Henkens, the Race Director and managing director of Active Management Asia.
This year’s event looks even more interesting with top Asian teams coming from China, Hong Kong and Singapore to challenge local champions and last year winners Saman Gunnan and Seree Ruansiri.
Asian champions Asia Pacific Adventure team led by Adventure Racing Star Ryan Blair will be the main contender in Samui this year. Chiru Endurance team from Hong Kong is also looking for silverware.
Ibis Samui Bophut, as the main sponsor of this exciting event is pleased to welcome all participants to its modern beachfront hotel. The hotel is surely the best value for money on the island with international standards and friendly service. Competitors will be able to soak up the scenery, the wide sandy beach and the peaceful atmosphere of ibis Samui Bophut for a well-deserved relaxing time.
A great Sports day for all
As AMA strives to promote the sports for youngsters in Thailand and in order to make it a festive event and involve the Samui communities, they have decided to offer a 10-5-2km fun runs for all in parallel to the Adventure Race. It proved very successful last year with more than 450 runners.
All Samui schools have been invited and all children and families are warmly welcome to participate to this unique event that promises to be one of the highlights of an active W.E.
This run will raise participant’s numbers and create a festive, sporty and friendly atmosphere throughout the day.
“We wanted to involve local communities and people who are not keen to compete in a strenuous adventure race,” say Henkens. “This running initiative will give the opportunity for all to participate in this unique sport’s day event! Schools will also animate the activities throughout the day with dances, show and songs.”
“The ibis Koh Samui Trophy 2011” consists of 3 days of activities including:
· An expo for sponsors to promote their products/services
· Parties and VIP hospitality
· A spectacular Sprint Adventure Race
· A 10-5-2km (for small children) fun run in the fishing village of Bophut
· Shows, dances and songs from local schools
· Trophy presentation
The ibis Koh Samui Trophy Adventure Race will offer 4 disciplines: Running, Cycling, Kayaking and Swimming.
The competitors will hike and run through unspoiled jungle, paddle and swim on the turquoise waters of the gulf of Thailand and cycle over the hills with spectacular views on the ocean.
“As we offer 2 divisions, Adventure (easier course) and Extreme (longer course), the race is really accessible to everyone!” concludes Henkens.
The winners of the extreme division are expected to complete the course in approximately 4:30.
The fastest team in the Adventure division is planned to finish in around 3:30.
The Race offers 2 divisions:
- Adventure (Short course for newcomers and W.E. warriors)
- Extreme (Long course for confirmed athletes and experienced racers)
Disciplines: Running, Kayaking, Biking, Swimming and other mystery tests
Teams of 2 racers
Categories will be: Men, Women, Mixed, Masters Men (over 80 years combined) and Grand Masters Men (over 100 years combined)