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Marathon event in the middle of Khao Yai NP with 3000 runners

30 May 2022 11:21 #5790 by wvwv
I'm surprised this has been given the green light with all the elephants.  There are 42km, 21km, 10km and 5km runs on the same weekend.  All starting early in the morning.  The shorter distances are mainly routed around Laem Takhong Campsite and Visitor Centre area, where perhaps elephants are less frequent.  But the 42km in particular is going a long way down the road towards Haew Narok where elephant activity is very common, particularly early in the morning before the sun breaks through.  More than once I have been cycling down there 7am-8am and an elephant has been walking in the middle of the road.  They've written on their Facebook that they will have rangers standing at all the points where elephants often emerge from the forest, but that seems a bit like whack a mole to me.  For sure the guys at the front that are going for glory aren't going to want to hang around waiting for elephants to move.


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31 May 2022 11:39 #5791 by Paul T
Khao Yai seems to have a host of events compared to the other parks. I know Pang Sida also does runs and bike events. I suppose it comes down to "what is a national park for". Many differing opinions but I recall there is a charter list somewhere. I will see if I can dig it out.

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31 May 2022 19:58 #5792 by onflipflops
It sure is annoying to say the least if you came over from a different continent and expect to spend a nice trip in the park to look for some wildlife and then find out a bunch of areas will be closed off for entry. 

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