The 12th Mai Khao Turtle Fun Run

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa in collaboration with Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and its foundation partners will host its annual fundraising sports event, the Twelfth Mai Khao Turtle Fun Run across the Sea and Mini Marathon 2016, which will be taking place on Sunday October 9 th, 2016, from 4.30 am – 7.30 am, at the Phuket Gateway.

The event is a fun and family oriented affair with open for all ages and public. The race starts and finishes at a spectacular Phuket Gateway and encompasses the surrounding beauty of Had Sai Kaew beach, T. Baan Ta Chat Chai and the village. This year, the mini marathon will run across iconic Sarasin Bridge to Phang Nga province and back, for the first time ever!

There are 2.5km family run, 5.3km run and a 10.2km mini marathon with its new route improvements and idyllic view between 2 provinces; Phuket and Phang Nga, it will truly delight and challenge all runners. For both, overall fun run 5.3km and 10.2Km – male and female category, trophies and cash prizes will be awarded for 1st to 7th place finishers.

The first 900 registered runners will also receive a running shirt and medal, and there will be numerous trophies for the hotel and running club with the most participants, the heaviest, oldest and youngest runners, the best fancy outfit and much more.

The entry fee is 300 Baht per person for 5.3km and 350 Baht per person for mini marathon 10.2km category and THB 1,000 per family (2 adults and maximum 3 children) for family run category. The money raised will go towards to The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, which is committed to protecting the marine and coastal environment and ecosystems for the wellbeing of the sea turtles that nest in the Mai Khao beach and the surrounding areas.

For registration, contact our team at the Concierge in the JW Marriott Phuket Resort Spa’s lobby during 3 -8 October, from 10 am to 5 pm, call +66 (0) 76 338 000 ext. 3309 or sign up at the event on Sunday 9 October.


The annual Turtle Fun Run and Mini Marathon is a collaborative effort by the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and JW Marriott Phuket Resort Spa to raise funds and awareness of the conservation work done by the Phuket Marine Biological Center and its “The Injured Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Program” to rescue, rehabilitate and release (recovered) injured turtles, dolphins, whales and dugongs.

Phuket’s endangered sea turtles – which use Mai Khao Beach as a nesting ground – are facing multiple threats, their numbers having severely depleted in recent years. Commercial fishing kills thousands of them every year, while many more die from eating or becoming trapped in plastic debris littering the ocean.