3,000 take part in the “Run for Phuket Expo 2028”.

PHUKET — More than 3,000 people took part in the Run for Phuket Expo 2028 amusement run today (July 24) held to support Thailand’s bid for Phuket to host the World Specialized Expo.

Today’s event included a 6.3km fun run and a 12.6km ‘mini marathon’.

The fun run, organized by government officials, came just a day before representatives from the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) landed on a week-long inspection visit to the island.

The event, held at Bang Wad Reservoir in Kathu, attracted a host of officials including Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn and Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew, as well as all three Phuket Deputy Governors: Phichet Panaphong, Amnuay Pinsuwan and Anupap Rodkwan Yodrabam.

Phuket Tourist Association President Bhummikitti Ruktaengam was also present to present a donation of 902,028 baht raised at the event to support the neonatal intensive care unit at Vachira Phuket Hospital. Present to receive the donation was Vachira Phuket Hospital Director Dr. Weerasak Lorthongkham.

The donation was recognized as being in line with the theme of Phuket’s bid to host the Expo: “Future of Life: Living in Harmony, Sharing Prosperity”.

“So we are asking for your cooperation, which is of great importance to make Thailand and Phuket a success in hosting Specialized Expo,” said Mr. Phiphat.

“And if Thailand is chosen to host EXPO 2028, it will be the first time in Southeast Asia,” he added.

“All countries are willing to develop together, and this expo will be a platform for all countries to build bright future together,” he said.

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