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Entries to 2007 Laguna Phuket Triathlon Running Out

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03-Oct-2007

The 2007 Laguna Phuket Triathlon is anticipated to be another tremendous success as more than 700 individual triathletes have already registered. Those interested in participating are encouraged to sign-up fast as there are less than 50 entries still available. This will be the third consecutive year the event has been sold-out.

Race entry is available online only. Closing date for entries is 31 October 2007, unless registration reaches capacity before then. Once capacity has been reached a waitlist will be started and additional slots awarded in case of cancellations.

Hailed as Southeast Asia’s premier multisport event, the Laguna Phuket Triathlon, supported by Thai Airways International, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Herbalife, is now in its fourteenth year. This year’s race will take place at the Laguna Phuket resort on Sunday 2 December with race organisers expecting to welcome over 1400 competitors in three events that day, the 18k swim, 55k bike and 12k run triathlon, the team relay, and the 6k Fun Run.

Starting 10 minutes after the main triathlon event will be the Herbalife Corporate Challenge Team Relay. Herbalife is challenging companies and organizations to enter teams to compete against Herbalife’s top athletes in the Team Relay. Teams must comprise three athletes – a swimmer, cyclist and runner, all above the age of 18, either the same gender or any combination of male/female.

Corporate relay team sponsorship packages are available from USD300 to USD1800 and include race entry and awards banquet tickets for three persons, two nights’ accommodation at one of the Laguna hotels, airport transfers and branding opportunities at the event.

This will be the second year that the relay teams will be competing for prize money, sponsored by Herbalife. The top three winning teams will win USD1000, USD750 and USD500, respectively.

Renowned as the “Race of Legends”, the Laguna Phuket Triathlon boasts possibly more world champions racing in past fields than any other race in the world short of the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii. Pro triathletes who have participated at Laguna Phuket have won more than 50 world championships from every discipline in the sport of triathlon: Ironman, Olympic, 70.3, Duathlon and Xterra. The list of Olympic and Commonwealth Games medalists, World Cup, US Pro, Ironman, European and various national champions defies accurate count. Legendary triathletes who have raced at Laguna Phuket include Mark Allen (USA), Greg Welch (AUS), Simon Lessing (GBR), Mike Pigg (USA), Scott Molina (USA), Peter Reid (CAN), Paula Newby-Fraser (USA), Karen Smyers (USA) and Michelle Jones (AUS). Pro triathletes racing in this year’s triathlon will be competing for the USD20,000 pro prize purse.

The 6K Fun Run expects to attract some 500 athletes. The Fun Run is limited to runners 12 years of age and over (as of 2 December 2007). Trophies will be awarded to the top three male and top 3 female finishers overall. All finishers will receive a t-shirt and finisher's medal. Registration deadline for the Fun Run is 15 November unless registration reaches capacity in which it will be closed.

For registration in the races or for further information, please contact the race office at +66 76 324060 or visit www.lagunaphukettriathlon.com.

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