First Annual XTERRA Phuket Trail Run
The first annual XTERRA Phuket Trail Run event was a tremendous success. Included in the festival of races were a 30K and 12K for diehards and a 3K for children and families. The tropical paradise of Phuket offers a one of a kind course, allowing runners to run through forest and farmland as well as steep hills that overlook the crystal waters of the Andaman Sea.
"We wanted an event that was suitable for running pros as well as families," said race director Serge Henkens. "As a result, elite athletes flew over the course and old friends had a chance to jog and run through our beautiful land."
The course included both double and single track, rolling hills, steep climbs, and stunning views. "We selected the trails and made them a challenge, yet very scenic," said course designer, Fausto Izquiel. "Competitors raced through rural communities of peaceful Muslim and Buddhist farmers who preserve our Thai traditions. And they also experienced our magical forests and wildlife."
Harry Jones won the 30K in 2:12:49 with fellow Brit Jon Campbell coming in second in 2:46:42. Third place went to Carole Fuchs of France, who crossed the line in 2:48:37. Sutinee Rasp of Thailand was second for the women in 3:30:01.