Published on October 23, 2007
The blind runners are due to meet the volunteers who will run alongside them at Lumpini Park this Sunday.
The historic "Running with 80 Blind", which will start and finish on Sanam Chai Road in front of the Grand Palace near Sanam Luang in Banglamphu, is part of the 20th staging of the Bangkok marathon.
Organisers are hoping to top 50,000 participants for the first time for the three main events - the 42.2km full marathon, 21.1km half marathon and 10km mini-marathon.
The big day will be jointly organised by Standard Chartered Bank (Thai), Thailand's Association of the Blind, and the National Jogging Association of Thailand (NJAT). The run will pay tribute to HM the King on his 80th birthday this year.
NJAT president General Manas Klaimanee said: "The Standard Chartered Bangkok Marathon is the biggest international running event in the country and also a major charity event.
"The marathon will raise funds for His Majesty's Chaipattana Foundation and also for the "Seeing is Believing" charity project by Standard Chartered Bank," he said.