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Calling all runners: Your chance to boost Thai Paralympians

Jul 11. 2019
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By LERPONG AMSA-NGIAM
THE NATION

The NATIONDiners and shoppers will get a front-row seat when the Bangkok City Run rumbles into Crystal PTT Chaiyapruek community mall next month. 

The August 4 final of leg of the Singha Run Series will help send national Paralympic athletes to the 2020 Tokyo Games. 

Participants can choose either an 8K course (Bt800 entry fee) or 16k course (Bt1,0000). The entry fee gets you a free bib, meal and concert ticket.

Chutinant Bhirombhakdi, president of the Paralympic Committee of Thailand, said the support would boost Thai Paralympians to even greater feats after their record haul of six golds, six silvers and six bronzes at the 2016 meet in Rio.

“We’ve set our sights on improving our performance from the previous Paralympic Games,” a determined-looking Chutinant told media gathered at the Singha Complex on Thursday.

Pattaya Tadtong, London Games boccia gold medallist 

Alongside him backing up that message was a dream team of Thai Paralympians, including 2012 table tennis gold medallist Rungroj Thainiyom, 2018 Asian Para Games shooting winner Anusorn Chaichamnan, and 2012 boccia champion Pattaya Tadtong, as well as world Para badminton champion Amnouy Wetwithan. 

Chutinant Bhirombhakdi, middle, and Rawin Chompunuchtanin, right, at the press conference

Rawin Chompunuchtanin of Boon Rawd Brewery would hand over proceeds from the run to the Paralympic Committee, as part of support ongoing since 2014.

“We’d like to invite Thai and foreign runners to join the event to show our support for para athletes who will also appear during the event,” said Rawin.

A live concert by Music Move artists Zeal and Season Five will bring a party vibe to the run. 

To apply, visit www.singhaseriesrunthailand.com.

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