Germany’s Michael Raelert and Switzerland’s Simone Braendli won the 22nd annual Laguna Phuket Triathlon today in beautiful Phuket, Thailand.
The race is the first of two (with the second on November 29th) that make up Challenge Laguna Phuket
Tri-fest, a week-long triathlon festival drawing growing numbers of athletes from around the world each year. Sunny and humid conditions made the challenging race course just a little bit harder, but the 1,300 athletes from around the world brought lots of energy and enthusiasm to the race. Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) has attracted talented professionals especially from Europe and Australia since its debut. Triathlon legends such as Craig Alexander, Mirinda Carfrae, Jan Frodeno and Paula Newby-Fraser are just a few big names to have graced the podium over the years.
“There are many reasons why this race has become my favourite over the last few years. One reason is the time of year. It’s at the end of the season so after many competitions it’s nice to do one we all love. I love the atmosphere here — the hospitality, of the Thai people, the Thai lifestyle, the beautiful beaches and the challenging race course. That’s what makes it worth coming back here year after year,” said this year’s runner-up and previous race champion, Ruedi Wild.
The unique race distance makes for something special among an increasing number of destination races popping up all over the world. The 1.8 km swim takes place in the beautiful lagoons off Laguna Phuket’s shores and the 55 km bike course is hilly and challenging, especially in the heat. The 12 km run passes through a stunning golf course and vibrant town. This year’s new mascot, Laguna the baby elephant, greeted finishers at the finish line.
Top 3 men:
1. Michael Raelert (DEU) 2:30:14
2. Ruedi Wild (CHE) 2:32:57
3. Stuart Hayes (GBR) 2:36:17
Top 3 women:
1. Simone Braendli (CHE) 2:48:04
2. Emma Pallant (GBR) 2:52:43
3. Dimity-Lee Duke (AUS) 2:56:08
Full results here.