Phuket can be an expensive island to live on, especially when you are a foreigner. Dual pricing is not only normal here for tourist attractions but also for sporting events. And while in some cases showing a work permit, long-stay visa, or Thai drivers license can help you get the same price as locals, I prefer to avoid any  place or event where they try to rip you off completely. For example the Phuket half-ironman distance race at the end of the year charged foreigners 3 times the amount they charge locals, and the upcoming Laguna Phuket International marathon does the same. A welcome exception to screwing over the foreigners was the Phuket Supersports 10 miles run which took place on Sunday the 22nd of March.

The poster announcing the race a month earlier at the Central Plaza

The poster announcing the race a month earlier at the Central Plaza

With a very acceptable entrance fee of just 500 baht for the 10 miles run (same price no matter your nationality) it gave a nice opportunity to improve my running and see an area of Phuket I do not visit often. Besides, as I am now based on Phuket, it was very convenient with transportation and accommodation as I just had to set my alarm clock at 4AM and drive there.

Race number and finishers medal

Race number and finishers medal

What I have seen of the Tanyapura facilities is that it is all very luxurious and well-maintained there with everything you can wish for during a sports holiday and I am happy they put such a well-organized run together with all the facilities you could hope for like plenty of parking space and many clean toilets. 

At exactly 6AM the race started, which is a normal time for races taking place in Thailand, but for this course it seemed a bit early as the sun was not up yet and part of the run took place in the woods where there are no street lights.

Still running after 14 miles.

Still running after 14 miles.

In short the course was laid out nicely and although the hills came as a bit of a surprise for me I am happy with my performance that morning. Of course I did not expect to end up very high in the rankings as some of the contestants seemed awfully professional at running but I was able to keep a nice pace during the race and I even passed a lot of people in the last kilometers.

Happy with the results, even though I would have to be 20 minutes faster to win some prizes.

Happy with the results, even though I would have to be 20 minutes faster to win some prizes.

After doing the Amarin Outdoor Unlimied triathlon last week and this race this week it is time to go back to normal training again so I can peak at the next event: the Pattana triathlon in May.

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