Bangkok, 25 August 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) today hosted an event to present medals to representatives of runners from various ASEAN countries who have accumulated a running distance of 200 km in the ‘ASEAN Together Run 2019’ virtual running event.
They were: from Thailand, Ms. Orawan Limpichotipong and Mrs. Saengarun Limpichotipong; from Malaysia, Mr. Chung Wee Liew and Mr. Mervin George P. Matthewervin; from Singapore, Mr. Chin Chuan Tan; from Myanmar, Mr. Myint Oo Aung and Mr. Swan Aung Htat Maung Maung; from Vietnam, Ms. Thi Trang Thanh Lieu Truong and Ms. Thi Khanh Chi Ngo; from Lao PDR., Ms. Anongkhone Pasasouk and Mr. Oudthaka Ackhasone; from Cambodia, Mr. Saroeun Kim and Ms. Muy Ngim Eng; and from the Philippines, Ms. Jobelle Majhen and Ms. Pallop Khunnawutth.
These 15 runners also joined in the Bangkok Midnight Marathon 2019 held today, participating in the 10 km distance.
The ‘ASEAN Together Run 2019’ was launched in September 2018 to correspond with TAT and the Thai government’s policy to promote Thailand as a sports tourism destination and hub, intra-regional travel and healthy exercise for people. It encourages people of all ASEAN nations to run both in their own country and in other ASEAN countries and to record their accumulated distances, which all goes towards a target accumulative distance for the initiative of 652,190 km – a figure equivalent to the current ASEAN population and an amount to be converted into donations to UNICEF.
Initially to conclude on 8 August, 2019, the ‘ASEAN Together Run 2019’ virtual running event has been extended and will continue through to 31 December, 2019. To date, results compiled by TAT show a total accumulative distance of 206,961 km has been achieved by 1,772 runners, of which 332 have run in more than one country.