On Nov 1, Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai set out for a very long run – 2,191km from Thailand’s Betong district in the southern Yala province to the Mae Sai district in the north Chiang Rai province, over 55 days.
What surprises many is that Toon isn’t widely known as a runner. As the frontman of Thai rock band Bodyslam, Toon is first recognised as one of the country’s biggest rock stars. However, his love for running is uncompromising but this time, he is not running for himself. Toon is running to inspire the people in Thailand to raise more than 20 million USD for 11 local hospitals.
To assist him in achieving his goal by helping maximise his performance and minimise his risk of injury during his journey, Nike invited Toon to its HQ in Oregon to run a series of test and analysis to discover and enhance what best aided him as a runner. This included gaining insights into his pace, heart rate, fluid and calorie requirements and recovery modalities, as well as what shoes and apparel could best support him throughout his runs.
Toon started his great attempt on Nov 1. Follow every step of his journey here. If you happen to be in Bangkok on Dec 25, Nike invites you to join the last 10km of his run in Chiang Rai. Details are up on Nike.com.