Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam, 25 October 2015 – The very first Laguna Lăng Cô Marathon successfully took place on 24-25 October, 2015 at Laguna Lăng Cô – the first and largest integrated world-class resort in Central Vietnam, making for a memorable experience with over 400 participants from 25 countries running on stunning courses of Central Vietnam’s lush countryside.
On the weekend of 24-25 October 2015, over 400 international and Vietnamese runners and marathon lovers gathered in stunning Lang Co to take part in our celebration of Vietnam’s fastest growing sport with 5 different categories: 42KM (full marathon), 21KM (half marathon), 10KM, 5KM Community Run, and 2KM for children.
On the 42KM course, the Overall Male champion was Chris Solarz from the US with great results at 3:17:46; he was also the champion of the 10KM run the previous day. Overall Female champion was Jennifer Pasiciel from Canada, clocking in at 4:19:04. On the Half Marathon 21KM course, Vietnamese runner Le Tan Lam was Overall Male winner at 1:31:27, and Overall Female champion went to Vo Thi Hai Yen at 1:40:57 – she was also the Female Champion of 10KM run the previous day. Several other trophies were given to the age group winners.
“This event was an amazing opportunity to promote Central Vietnam as an ideal holiday and race destination with stunning nature along the breathtaking coastline, where the world-class Banyan Tree and Angsana Lăng Cô hotels are situated with the Laguna Lăng Cô resort” said Mr. Michal Zitek – Area General Manager of Banyan Tree and Angsana Lăng Cô.
The courses went through the idyllic Hue countryside around Laguna Lăng Cô resort, the 2 hotels Banyan Tree and Angsana Lăng Cô, as well as Laguna Lăng Cô’s world-class golf course, designed by Sir Nick Faldo himself.
“It’s wonderful to see hundreds of Vietnamese and international runners get together in the exciting atmosphere of these two days. We hope the Laguna Lăng Cô Marathon could continue in the successful steps of its sister the 10-year-old Laguna Phuket Marathon,” said Mr. Serge Ditesheim – Hotel Manager of Angsana Lăng Cô and Race Director.
As well as bringing a burst of excitement to beautiful Lăng Cô, this year’s event is also helping Banyan Tree Group continue its prominent role to work with the local community. The 5KM community run was renamed Run For Water – with all its proceeds going to to support Laguna Lăng Cô’s School Water Project. This is a long-running 3-year project with the aim to supply clean water filtration systems for local schools in Phu Loc district around the resort. Events such as the Laguna Lăng Cô Marathon provide a superb platform to profile and support organisations making a real difference in saving and improving lives in Central Vietnam.