Do you love running? Have you always wanted to enter a half marathon?
Imagine being able to achieve your goal in a World Heritage Listed town – where you can run past ancient temples and the mighty Mekong River…
The 4th annual Luang Prabang Half Marathon will take place on October 23rd.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.
The race was originally conceived with the local community in mind – as runners, spectators, volunteers, and most importantly, beneficiaries of the race. In 2013, the first ever Luang Prabang Half Marathon—nicknamed “La Procession” after the procession of monks to receive alms at dawn each morning—helped generate more than USD $125,000 for non-profit Friends-International to open a new vocational training restaurant in Luang Prabang. The following two years of the race helped raise an additional $140,000 for three different local charities focusing on children’s causes.
In its 4th year, management of the race has been transferred to the Lao Friends Hospital for Children, one of the previous charity beneficiaries. Funds from the race in 2014 and 2015 helped sponsor construction costs and nearly a year’s worth of medications and staffing for the hospital’s pharmacy.
With increased international flight access to Luang Prabang, organizers are expecting that 2016’s race will host 1,000 runners, approximately a 50/50 split of local and international participants.
Race information and regular updates can be found by liking the Facebook page: facebook.com/luangprabanghalfmarathon. Detailed event info is on the website, luangprabanghalfmarathon.com