Press Release 2017: Run for Children: Luang Prabang Half Marathon
Registration is now open for the 5th annual Run for Children: Luang Prabang Half Marathon on October 22nd, Sunday. This unique, charity-focused race features a scenic loop course which participants can enter as a 7km, 14km, or 21km (half marathon) distance through the town’s historic UNESCO heritage area, passing golden temples while winding along the Mekong river. This year organizers will also be hosting several weekend activities including a charity pool party, Lao culinary journey, a photo exhibition and an outdoor concert.
The Luang Prabang Half Marathon was ranked by CNN as Asia's Top 5 Destination Races and we've also been featured in Vientiane Times newspaper, South China Morning Post as well as the international edition of Hash House Harriers magazine. With increased international flight access to Luang Prabang, the organizers expect to host 1,500 runners. Registration is available through www.luangprabanghalfmarathon.com
Run for Children: Luang PrabangHalf Marathon is organized by Lao Friends Hospital for Children (LFHC), which provides free healthcare to the children of Laos. LFCH is a full functioning pediatric hospital supported by Friends Without A Border. LFHC opened in 2015 and since then has treated over 30,000 children. With a newly opened Operating Theater and Neonatal Unit, the medical capacity has expanded drastically this past year. All funds from this race will help support LFHC to continue providing compassionate healthcare for Lao children. In 2016 the race raised over $53,000 for the hospital through registrations and crowd-funding donations.
Tigerhead Water has already confirmed to be the “Presenting Sponsor” for the race, with additional major sponsors such as Air Asia, Bangkok Airways, Lao Airlines and Booking.com. The organizers have also received tremendous support from local hotels and restaurants, making this one the largest community events in Luang Prabang.
Race information and regular updates can be found by liking the Facebook page, listed below. Entry fee will be refunded for runners that raise over USD $250 for the hospital through the Crowdrise site.
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Crowdrise Site: www.crowdrise.com/RunforChildrenLuangPrabangHalfMarathon2017