By By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
In an attempt to develop Thailand’s marathon events to meet international standards the summit, the first of its kind in Asia, will bring in people with a vast experience of running or managing marathons to share their knowledge.
“The summit is in line with our policy to develop marathon events in Thailand to meet international standards and get recognition worldwide, said Kongsak Yodmanee, governor of Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT).
“In addition, we attempt to use sports as an economic boost for cities and communities, especially secondary cities. With such an importance, we have supported the meeting with the cooperation from many private and public sectors.”
The summit will discuss logistics, traffic management, course measurement, security, police, volunteers, sponsorship and copyrights. Moreover, all the parties involved in the running industry ranging from organisers, sponsors, agencies, companies to service organisations will be invited to attend in order to learn and then apply information to improve their own events to international recognition.
The governor added that several marathon specialists had confirmed they would take part in the meeting at the Riverie by Katathani hotel in Chiang Rai province. These include Boston Marathon Start Line Director Andy Duchesne, Chicago Marathon representative Lacy M Howen, New York City Marathon Finish Line Coordinator David Katz, and Manabu Tanaka, International Relation, Tokyo Marathon.
Pol Maj. Gen Surapong Ariyamongkol, vice president and general-secretary of the Athletic Association of Thailand, said that all the theories and knowledge from the summit will be put into practice at the Umay+ Chiang Rai 2019 21.1 international half-marathon on July 7.