The three-million baht Samui Island Marathon will be held on Sept 23, organisers said yesterday.
Sponsored by Bangkok Airways, the third edition of the event will be staged at Nathon Pier on Koh Samui in Surat Thani with more than 2,000 runners expected to take part in.
The winners in all categories will receive big prize money. The overall winner from Thailand or an Asian country will receive the Princess Cup _ the trophy donated by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
M.L. Nandhika Varavarn, Bangkok Airways vice president for corporate communications, said that about 1,800 runners joined last year’s tournament and the number should be higher this year.
“We hope to see more Thais and Asians this year,” she said.
“So only Thais and Asians are eligible to win the Princess Cup.”
Sanctioned by the Sports Authority of Thailand and the Asian Athletics Association, the event features five categories from full marathon to fun run.