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2015 Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest

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To See Defending Champions
This year’s Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest (CLPTF) will once again see world champions compete for a slice of the race’s 25,000 Euro prize purse.
Following the success of its inaugural event in 2013 and the 2nd edition last year, the iconic multi-sports weeklong event “Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest” is set to take place again this November with the 22nd Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) on 22nd and to culminate by the 3rd Challenge Laguna Phuket (CLP) a week later on 29th.

JWT_3511The unique enduring appeal of Laguna Phuket Triathlon comprising 1.8km swim, 55km bike, and 12km run and the half distance challenges of Challenge Laguna Phuket featuring 1.9km swim, 90km bike, and 21km run, are attracting entries from leading international pro athlete personalities, as well as age groupers worldwide.
Asia Pacific remains the main source with China as emerging new market.

“The enduring appeal of Laguna Phuket Triathlon and the unique challenges of Challenge Laguna Phuket continue to draw endurance sports enthusiasts to Phuket each year,” said Ms. Prapa Hemmin, Director of Sales-MICE & Corporate Events, Laguna Phuket, 2015 Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest Athletes near and far find the event an exciting one to end the season. At the time of writing this article, more than 1,300 athletes have signed up for the two main races. An Estimated 1,500 athletes are expected to join the race this year. Last Year’s Champions to Defend Title
In the Laguna Phuket Triathlon race, 2014 Champions Massimo Cigana (ITA) and Alberto Casadei (ITA) have registered to return to defend their legendary title impressively made together last year when they crossed the finish line as one and claimed LPT’s first dual champions in history.

NEO_6443 (1280x852)A week after LPT, the Challenge Laguna Phuket race will see its champion, Swiss Olympian Ruedi Wild defending his title from last year’s race. Wild made his LPT debut in 2012 with a title win which was successfully defended in 2013 race before his first CLP title win last year. In August this year,
he came in 3rd at Ironman 70.3 European Championship in Wiesbaden, Germany.

CLP will also see many athlete stars such as Luke McKenzie (AUS) who has just won his title from Ironman Cairns, Australia, earlier in June. McKenzie is a frequent competitor at Laguna Phuket’s triathlon races. Last year, he came in 3rd at 2014 Challenge Laguna Phuket race. This year,
McKenzie will be joined by his partner Beth Gerdes (USA) who began racing professionally in 2012 and took a hiatus in 2014 to give birth to their daughter, Wynne. Gerdes is back in action and looking towards qualifying for the Ironman World Championships in October 2015.

To generate over THB 90 millions
Asia Pacific remains the main source with China as emerging new market.
“The enduring appeal of Laguna Phuket Triathlon and the unique challenges of Challenge Laguna Phuket continue to draw endurance sports enthusiasts to Phuket each year,” said Ms. Prapa Hemmin, Director of Sales-MICE & Corporate Events, Laguna Phuket, “With thousands of athletes, each with 3-5 followers; family members, friends, partners, media, sponsors and/or supporters traveling together to Phuket from around the world and spending 4-5 nights during the weeklong Tri-Fest, the event is projected to generate over 90 million baht spending in tourism segment on the island.” she concluded.

JWT_3835China as an emerging new market Once again Asia Pacific is the main source of participants coming to the Tri-Fest with top ten countries of origin include,Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and Australia. From Europe, United Kingdom provides the highest number of participants, followed by Switzerland, Germany and Spain.

“What’s interesting this year is the significant increase of participants from China,” said Prapa,“In the past two years, we saw more than a 50% growth of athletes from China both at the Laguna Phuket International Marathon (LPIM) in June and now the Tri-Fest. Last year we had a total of 33 athletes from China joining both LPT and CLP. This year we already have around 50 registered and we are expecting to see more than double athletes from
China participated in the Tri-Fest.” The growth coincides with a report on a recent purchase of the world’s leading triathlon organiser by a Chinese company.

For more information and race registration visit
www.challengelagunaphuket.com

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