Excitement was in the air at Amari Watergate Bangkok on Saturday 20th October 2012 as over 5,100 runners gathered for the largest ever Amari Watergate & BMW Thailand Charity Midnight Run. Families, runners and friends in fancy dress were set to break records at the 15th annual Midnight Run. Bangkok’s only race to be held during the night, allows runners to enjoy cooler temperatures whilst racing through city centre neighbourhoods on 6 and 12 kilometre routes. The charity race has become a main feature in Thailand’s calendar of social, sporting and charity events.
Proceeds from the event are donated some very worthy causes: firstly, the ‘Chalerm Prakiat School’ in the Lampoon Province of Thailand, which supports the education of children, whose parents have very tragically passed away due to HIV infection, and secondly, ‘Baan Gerda’ in the Lopburi Province, a home which supports HIV infected, orphaned children. And thirdly, Baht for a Better Life Project.
Mr. Pierre-Andre Pelletier, General Manager of the Amari Watergate Bangkok, who has seen the midnight run grow from it’s infancy, and also runs in the race annually, commented that he was overjoyed and overwhelmed by the support runners have given to the event and the charities that benefit. "We are all set for an ever greater Midnight Race 2013 which will be held on Saturday 19th October 2013" Mr. Pelletier added whilst handing out awards on stage alongside BMW Thailand’s country management.
The male and female winners of the 12k race were each awarded the Royal trophy of HRH Princess Sirindhorn. Winners of each category, including the family team and the best fancy dress also received trophies. Everyone who crossed the finished line also received a special commemorative medal.
Many spectators turned up to cheer and joined in the celebrations as runners crossed the finish line. The results for the fastest times were as follows:
The winners for each categories can click to see the result. The midnight run was promptly followed by a fantastic party at Henry J. Bean’s Bar & Grill, which went on until the early hours of Sunday morning.
The total amount of fundraising from the 15th Amari Watergate & BMW Thailand midnight run for charity and the 16th Aerobic on Aids for charity with the total amount at 3.3 Million Baht