A record line-up of 3,200 athletes from around the world took part in The North Face 100 Thailand 2017 on February 4 in Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima.
Launched in 2012, when trail running was a little known sport in the country, the event has since grown to become the largest of its kind and is part of the annual Asia Pacific Series.
Tough conditions, with temperatures exceeding 36 degrees centigrade during the day, made for a challenging event for all runners across the five distances – 15km, 25km, 50km, 75km and 100km.With 1,144 runners competing in the ultra distances (50km, 75km, 100km) this year, Thailand’s hopes were pinned on Sanya Khanchai (2013, 2014 winner) and Jantaraboon Kiangchaipaiphana in the 100km. Following a break out performance just three weeks before at the Hong Kong 100 Ultra Trail® Race – one of the signature events on the Ultra-Trail® World Tour – Jantaraboon put in an excellent performance at The North Face 100 Thailand to finish second behind Chiang Mai-based Harry Jones (GBR), who claimed the 100km title in a time of 09h 26m 24s. Sanya finished a credible sixth in a field of top talent from 21 countries.