In its twelfth consecutive year since 1999, Banyan Tree Bangkok’s Vertical Marathon on 3 October 2010 takes place across 61 floors in aid of charity and community. Beside the professional and amateur runners, all members of the community, together with friends and family of the hotel, are invited to join.

Those who participate or come to support their friends will be contributing their part in Banyan Tree Bangkok’s long-term efforts to support HIV-positive mothers through the HIV Formula Feeding Fund organised by the Thai Red Cross under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali. Over THB 3million have been raised through this annual event, with THB400,000 collected in 2009.

New this year:
• Registration capped at only 555 participants
• Advance registration is required from 1 September to 26 September 2010, and can be done at the hotel or online
• Complimentary trial runs will be held from 9am to 12pm between 25 - 26 September 2010.
• Registration fee of THB 400 nett, inclusive of t-shirt and meal box

The Big Day

On Sunday, 3 October, the event will start at 6am in front of Banyan Tree Bangkok. Applicants will receive the official Vertical Marathon t-shirt and a meal box. A multinational mix of participants, including international and local professional and amateur runners, is expected to race the vertical course to the finishing point at Vertigo and Moon Bar, the renowned alfresco restaurant located on the 61st floor, once a helipad of Banyan Tree Bangkok. Runners will be divided into gender and age categories, and they may team up for couple and relay teams.
During the event, guests and observers will be entertained with a live band and special shows. Moreover, guests of honour including Thai superstars and celebrities often appear to lend their support and enjoy the festive atmosphere. After the award presentation and closing ceremony, the winners of male and female categories will receive trophies given from Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali. Other awards include complimentary accommodation and gift certificates from Banyan Tree Bangkok. Every runner who reaches the finish point will receive a medal for their memorable achievement. The time to beat is 6 minutes and 19 seconds, the record set by eight-time winner Mr. Boonchoo Jandacha from Thailand.

Registration is available at Banyan Tree Bangkok from 1 September to 26 September or applied via www.banyantree.com/en/bangkok. For further details, please contact Banyan Tree Bangkok at Tel: +66 (0) 2679 1200 or E-mail: bangkok-sales@banyantree.com.

About Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts
The leading international operator in the boutique resort, residences and spa industry, Banyan Tree offers a signature blend of romance and travel with a green conscience. The philosophy behind the hotels, resorts, residences, spas, retail galleries and destination club is based on rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul – a Sanctuary for the Senses. Angsana Hotels and Resorts is the ideal complement to Banyan Tree, comprising contemporary, chic and ecologically sensitive retreats. Based in areas of outstanding natural beauty and exciting city hubs, Angsana hotels, resorts, residences, spas and retail galleries reflect the spirit and communities of its environment.

To date, the Banyan Tree Group manages and/or has ownership interests in over 20 resorts and hotels, over 60 spas, in excess of 60 retail galleries; as well as two golf courses.

For more details, please check at www.banyantree.com/en/bangkok