Preparations ready for Toon’s Bangkok run on Dec 4

Metropolitan police have made preparations to welcome charity runner Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai, who is due to arrive in Bangkok on Monday (Dec 4) at about 3 pm.

Pol Maj-Gen Jirapat Poomichit, deputy commissioner of Metropolitan Police Bureau, said Friday (Dec 1) that, at about 3 pm on Monday, a police team would be assigned at the PTT gas station at Thamamasala in Bangkok’s suburb, which has been set at the starting point of Toon’s running route across the city where police would arrange the traffic to facilitate the charity run.

The route will run through Boromratchachonnee road, into Sirindhorn road, across the Krung Thon bridge into Rajavithi road, toward Phramongkutklao hospital, the Victory Monument, to Phyathai road and into Pullman King Power hotel in Soi Rangnam where the rocker and his team will spend the night.

On the following day, Dec 5, Toon will resume his charity run at about 3am from the hotel through Phyathai and Sri Ayutthaya roads, through Nang Loeng race course, Wat Benchamabophit, the Royal Plaza, turning left into Ratchadamnoen Nok road, into Ratchadamnoen Klang road, across the Phra Pinklao bridge, into Borommaratchachonnani road and Kanchanapisek ringroad toward Nonthaburi.

Meanwhile on Friday (Dec 1), which is the 31st day of the run, Toon started his run at Loong Teng PTT gas station in Cha-am district, Phetchaburi province toward the destination at Thitiporntanya rice mill in Ratchaburi’s Pak Tho district, covering a distance of 69.70 kilometres.

As usual, people showed up to give him moral support and made donations throughout the running route from Phetchaburi to Ratchaburi.

Toon’s team on Friday pleaded with donors that there was no need for them to make string of banknotes to be given to the rocker, but simply handed out the cash any members of the team without interrupting his run in order to prevent him from getting hurt.

Starting on Nov 1 from the southernmost district of Betong in Yala, Toon plans to reach the northernmost district of Mae Sai of Chiang Rai later this month. The 2,191-km charity run aims to raise at least 700 million baht donations for 11 state-run hospitals.

As of Nov 30, the donations reach more than 370 million baht.