Initiated by the Prime Minister in 2019, Doi Inthanon Thailand by UTMB® was established to be a trail running event with the goal of promoting exercise and tourism in the national park area. This international event aims to showcase the breathtaking beauty of Thailand's nature to the world.
The main responsible agency for the event is the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, overseen by the Sports Authority of Thailand. They collaborate with Chiang Mai Province, along with other government and private agencies. The event is operated by Running Connect Co., Ltd.
The Sports Authority of Thailand has made efforts to establish it as an annual international program, aiming to select a venue for the competition that holds significant national importance, such as Doi Inthanon National Park. This park is renowned for its highest peak in Thailand, Doi Inthanon, and has obtained a license from UTMB® International to ensure the competition maintains a world-class standard of excellence.
- February 2020 : Test or Zero Edition
- October 2020 : 1st edition of Thailand by UTMB®.
- December 2021 : 2nd edition of Thailand by UTMB®.
- December 2022 : 3rd edition named, Doi Inthanon Thailand by UTMB® This edition has been designated as a Major level of Asia-Pacific region.
The 4th edition in December 2023 will be Asia-Pacific Major of UTMB® World Series. To enhance convenience and accommodate a larger number of runners, the main venue for the event will be relocated to Royal Park Rajapruek in Chiang Mai Province. This move aims to provide better support and facilities for participants.
The new main race venue is at Royal Park Rajapruek (GPS 18.755230560356917, 98.92443096998491). It is a large botanical garden which was used to organize the International Horticultural. The park is located approximately 10 kilometers southwest of Chiang Mai city and Chiang Mai International Airport.
In this edition, their will be 5 races : TRANS-INT 160, is only Point-to-Point trail. The race starts at the foothills of Doi Inthanon, passes through all the key highlights of Doi Inthanon and finish at the Royal Park Rajapreuk. All other races, ELEPHANT 100, HMONG 50, PALACE 20 and RAJAPRUEK 10 are loop trails, start and finish at the same location, the Royal Park Rajapreuk.
TRANS-INT 160 runners will experience all the key highlights of Doi Inthanon National Park and continues on to Ob Khan National Park and Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, before finishing at Royal Park Rajapruek, Chiang Mai. The organizer will provide free transportation to runners with pre-booking.
ELEPHANT 100, HMONG 50, PALACE 20 runners will run in loops around Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, enjoying the beautiful scenery and challenging terrain along the way.
RAJAPRUEK 10 runners will run in different loop of Doi Kham and Royal Park Rajapruek. In Thai language, "Doi" refers to a mountain or a hill.
Another activity for families, friends, local and volunteers is the WARM UP RUN, a 5k fun run of Friday evening in Royal Park Rajapruek.