- See the runners at the Pattaya Marathon

May 12, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News can reveal that those who are keen to participate in a major sporting event during their stay at hotels in Pattaya may wish to sign up for the local marathon in July.

Entries will be accepted for the full marathon - a distance of 26 miles - until July 17th, with a special discounted price for athletes who register before July 11th.

Runners who are keen on participating in a shorter distance also have options to choose from, including a half marathon and a quarter marathon.

However, those who are planning to participate should be warned about the early start time - the race gets underway at 04:30 local time so the athletes can beat the heat.

But holidaymakers who are more keen to watch the action than to run themselves may be able to grab an extra couple of hours of sleep before heading to the finish line to see the athletes come in.

This year's event is set to take place on July 18th and attracts numerous spectators who line the streets of the city to cheer the runners on.

Once the race is complete, the athletes and their travelling companions may wish to take in the sights and sounds of Pattaya itself - and perhaps indulge in a spot of retail therapy.

Marathon organisers recommend the Central Festival indoor mall and the Royal Garden Plaza complex as two areas worth exploring.

Posted by Delia Jones

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