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          Nakhon Ratchasima Province and EGAT organized “Korat Loifaa Marathon 2021” to celebrate the 10th anniversary, in which over 5,000 runners ran in the unseen trail amidst the cool breeze and stunning view of the wind farm under strict COVID-19 preventive and control measures.

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         On December 10, 2021, Mr. Prasert Intub, Assistant Governor - Renewable Power Plant of Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) presided over the 10th “Korat Loifaa Marathon 2021” held on December 10-12, 2021, which was the collaboration between Nakhon Ratchasima Province, EGAT, Sports Authority of Thailand, and relevant agencies. The opening ceremony was also attended by Mr. Kua Chusri, Director of Reginal Office 3 of Sports Authority of Thailand, Mr. Methi Kanchanasunthorn, Chief of Sikhio District, and executives of relevant agencies. With over 5,000 runners, the event was held at the upper reservoir of Lamtakong Jolabha Vadhana Power Plant, Khao Yai Thiang Nua Village, Sikhio District, Nakhon Ratchasima Province.

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         Mr. Prasert Intub said that the Korat Loifaa Marathon 2021 encourages the public to work out for their health and is a part of the development using sports to drive the province to be a sports city. It also boosts local tourism and economic growth and promotes tourist destinations in Nakhon Ratchasima Province. The event is held based on the policy of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to raise sports standards, use sports to bring happiness for the society, generate economic value, create a good image for the country, continuously support the growth of tourism business, and make the reputation and prestige of Thailand known at international levels.

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         Mr. Kua Chusri, Director of Reginal Office 3 of Sports Authority of Thailand, stated that Nakhon Ratchasima Province is announced as a sports city that promotes human development to raise the quality of life and strengthens the economic growth, using sports as the main driver. He also mentioned sports as a tool to bring happiness to society, generate economic value, create a good image of the country, and make the cash flow in the tourism business system. The event also makes the country known at international levels, using sports as a mechanism. Under the integration between the allies in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Lamtakong Jolabha Vadhana Power Plant, Sports Authority of Thailand, and relevant agencies, the event is continuously organized every year.

         The race comprised four categories. The 5 km Fun Run was released at 4.30 p.m. on December 10, 2021. The 10.5 km Mini Marathon races were divided into Sun Rise Mini at 6.00 a.m. and Sun Set Mini at 4.00 p.m. on December 11, 2021, to ensure social distancing. Lastly, the 21.1 km Half Marathon was held at 5.30 p.m. on December 12, 2021. The event was organized under strict COVID-19 preventive and control measures, including required ATK testing before entering and cleaning all service points in the area with disinfectants.

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