08/28/2009 - 13:05

VM09.jpgThailand, July 2009 – In line with Banyan Tree Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility philosophy to “Embrace the Environment and Empower the People”, Banyan Tree Bangkok continues to support its local community through the successful annual Vertical Marathon. The proceeds from the 11th Vertical Marathon will be contributed towards the HIV Formula Feeding Fund which provides babies of HIV-positive mothers with a special milk formula. This charity is a Thai Red Cross initiative under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali.

Held on Sunday, 20 September from 6am to 12pm, participants will race the vertical course which comprises 1,093 steps starting from the main entrance of Banyan Tree Bangkok to the finishing point at the former helicopter pad on the 61st floor, now converted to the award-winning Vertigo Grill and Moon Bar. Conducted every year since 1999, this highly anticipated event has gained popularity on an international scale and is expected to draw enthusiastic response from fitness enthusiasts, charity supporters and members of the public from all corners of the world.

In Aid of HIV
This will be the ninth year that Banyan Tree Bangkok will be donating the proceeds collected from the Vertical Marathon to the HIV Formula Feeding Fund. Mr. Bernold O. Schroeder, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, said, “We are pleased to have contributed over THB3million (US$88,000) to date for the HIV Formula Feeding Fund. We hope that this amount will go a long way in achieving its aims, and I encourage everyone to sign up for the challenging run and join us in supporting this worthy cause.”

Timely Record
In 2008, seven-time winner Mr. Boonchoo Jandacha defended his title in six minutes and 19 seconds. Previous participants include the Chairman of Caring Hearts for Aids Foundation, Ms. Saisom Wongsasulak; and Thai celebrities, Mr. Mario Maurer and Ms. Saipan-Apinya Sakuljarernsoog.

The nominal registration fee of THB350 nett per person includes the official Vertical Marathon t-shirt and a meal box. Winners will receive a trophy from Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali, as well as complimentary accommodation and gift certificates from Banyan Tree.

Registration is available online from now to 18 September at Participants may also register at the event on 20 September from 6am to 7am at the main entrance of Banyan Tree Bangkok. For further details, please contact Banyan Tree Bangkok on +66 (0) 2679 1200 or visit

About Banyan Tree Bangkok
Located in the central business district on South Sathon Road, Banyan Tree Bangkok is 40 minutes away from Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Guests can choose from 327 exquisitely furnished suites and rooms that cater to the different needs of business travellers, families and holiday makers. Within this city sanctuary is a full range of facilities, including 12 meeting rooms, business centre, fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool and the Banyan Tree Ballroom that can accommodate up to 450 people. Guests can enjoy an eclectic choice of 12 food and beverage establishments, including the fine-dining Saffron restaurant, and the iconic roof-top restaurant Vertigo Grill and Moon Bar. Spa lovers make it a point to stop at the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa for Asian-inspired holistic treatments, while treasure hunters browse Banyan Tree Gallery for its range of signature spa amenities, lifestyle and local craft merchandise.

About Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts
The leading international operator in the boutique resort, residences and spa industry, Banyan Tree offers a signature blend of romance and travel with a green conscience. The philosophy behind the hotels, resorts, residences, spas, retail galleries and destination club is based on rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul – a Sanctuary for the Senses. Angsana Hotels and Resorts is the ideal complement to Banyan Tree, comprising contemporary, chic and ecologically sensitive retreats. Based in areas of outstanding natural beauty and exciting city hubs, Angsana hotels, resorts, residences, spas and retail galleries reflect the spirit and communities of its environment.

To date, the Banyan Tree Group manages and/or has ownership interests in over 20 resorts and hotels, over 60 spas, in excess of 60 retail galleries; as well as two golf courses.

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