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As Thailand’s tourism authorities trumpet the country as a hub of sports comes embarrassing news from a marathon that never was.
The eager runners had paid 400-600 baht for ten km, half marathon and full marathon runs.
They were promised “loft accommodation” but when they arrived it was a floor in an old school building.
There were no bibs or T-shirts as promised.
In addition there were: no starters, no medals or trophies, no official timers and no signage of distances.
The runners demanded why they had been conned out of a million baht while the organizers cancelled the event scheduled for October 15th at the last minute. Most people had paid online.
It was billed as the “Noen Maprang Scenic Marathon 2017”, reported Tnews citing comments made on the popular Facebook page of Mem Pho Dam. Tnews publish a picture of runners with the headline in red: “Bare Faced Con”.
A total of 1,500 people were expected to take part.
The organizers have said that money will be handed back on November 15th but due to the fact that many people have so far been unsuccessful in getting their cash back many runners are doubtful they will see anything returned.
Thailand’s Ministry for Tourism and Sports has been talking up the country as a hub of sports highlighting the marathon due to be held in Bangkok on February 4th as a fine example of what Thailand has to offer.