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Laguna Phuket Set to be Triathlon Mecca with Unique 10-Day Endurance Extravaganza

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30-Jul-2010

The 17th Laguna Phuket Triathlon and the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship will bookend a unique endurance extravaganza to be staged later this year in Phuket, Thailand.

The Triathlon on Sunday 28 November kicks-off a ten-day calendar of related events that will reach boiling point on Sunday 5 December with the Ironman 70.3 Championship event.

This combination of events will reaffirm Phuket as one of the meccas for triathlon devotees worldwide.
Situated on Thailand’s Andaman Sea coastline, Phuket is located almost 1,000 kilometres southwest of Bangkok. It has been luring international visitors for decades with its balmy tropical charm and character.

Laguna Phuket, a resort collection of seven deluxe hotel and villa properties on the northwest coast of the island, will host both the triathlon events.

With its stunning location amid 1,000 acres of tropical lagoon-filled parkland on pristine Bang Tao beach plus a wealth of recreational options, from golf to islandhopping, Laguna Phuket is renowned worldwide as the finest destination resort in Asia.

International Sporting Venue
In addition to the luxurious hotel facilities that draw holidaymakers from around the globe, Laguna Phuket is also famed as a venue for world-class sporting activities, including golf, tournaments and the Laguna Phuket International Marathon.

The inaugural Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship was awarded to Laguna  Phuket in recognition of its world class facilities, reputation in staging important athletic events, and ease of travel from all major cities.
Laguna Phuket’s reputation is well-deserved. The Laguna Phuket Triathlon - dubbed “The Race of Legends” due to its consistent ability to attract the world’s best professional triathletes including the likes of Greg Welch, Mike Pigg, Simon Lessing, Craig Alexander, Paula Newby-Fraser, Michellie Jones, Samantha McGlone and Chrissy Wellington to name just a few – is an established fixture on the global triathlon calendar. The 2009 race was won by German Olympic triathlon gold medalist, Jan Frodeno.

Ironman 70.3 to Hit Phuket’s North East Coast
The Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship will be an advanced version of the Laguna Phuket Triathlon. The swim will be a distance-adjusted version of the
Triathlon’s trademark two-body of water course with a section in the salt-water Andaman Sea followed by a beach run-over into a fresh water tropical lagoon.

The bike course is Championship calibre, featuring fishing villages, beaches and views of Phang Na Bay, with the roads pointing up and twisting down along this spectacular coastline. These roads, never used for the Triathlon, are accessed by a pedestrian bridge that allows the race to cross Highway 402, Phuket’s main
traffic artery. 




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