Lao Friends Hospital for Children will be hosting the run again this year! Last year we raised USD$53,543 to provide free medical care for the children of Laos. Join us again in the scenic town of Luang Prabang!
The City: Luang Prabang, UNESCO World Heritage Town
Born on a peninsula, nestled at the junction of the Mekong and Khan Rivers, Luang Prabang is a magical place. Dozens of temples, whose monks and novices inhabit the town and surrounds, provide and a peaceful and unusual ambience. This combined with the natural beauty, makes it an ideal getaway from busy modern city life.
Running will be the reason to come, but you will have time to explore and so here are some useful sites that can help plan your trip.
|Luang Prabang Provincial Tourism, Culture and Information Dept.||www.tourismluangprabang.org|
|For a map of Luang Prabang and surrounds||www.hobomaps.com|
|UNESCO World Heritage Centre||whc.unesco.org|
|For information about the many temples||www.orientalarchitecture.com|
|A great guide to Luang Prabang from some local residents||www.luangprabang.guide|
How do I get to Luang Prabang?
There are direct international flights from Hanoi, Siem Reap, Bangkok, and a couple cities in China. Vietnam Airlines, Bangkok Airways, AirAsia, Thai Airways, and Lao Airlines all have international flights to Luang Prabang. Another option is to fly into Vientiane, the capital (which has direct flights from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur) and connect for a domestic flight.
In 2017 all funds raised will go to the Lao Friends Hospital for Children
Friends Without A Border (Friends) is a not-for-profit organisation based in New York City and Japan. Started in 1996 by world renowned photographer Kenro Izu, Friends is committed to providing high-quality and compassionate healthcare to the children of Southeast Asia.
We believe every child has the right to a healthy and happy life.
Friends built and opened Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Since then, AHC has treated over 1.6 million children and trained thousands of healthcare professionals. In January of 2013, Friends and AHC celebrated a long-held goal as Izu handed a green heart-shaped “key to the hospital” to the passionate and dedicated staff of AHC.
Lao Friends Hospital for Children
Building upon the success in Cambodia, Friends built and opened Lao Friends Hospital for Children (LFHC) on February 11th, 2015. LFHC provides free medical care to over 15,000 children annually. Patients and their families often travel long distances, up to 8 hours, to receive the medical care available at LFHC. Every child is treated with high-quality and compassionate medical care, following the motto of "treat every patient as if your own child."
LFHC is the first full-service pediatric hospital in northern Laos and currently includes: inpatient & outpatient departments, an emergency department, neonatal unit, an operating theater, laboratory, pharmacy, radiology, lecture rooms, and a library to teach pediatric medicine to the future leaders of the hospital. LFHC sees over 1,800 patients each month with common ailments such as infectious diseases, malnutrition, anemia and renal conditions.
Laos has the highest under-5 mortality rate in all Southeast Asia, with one out of 15 children not reaching their fifth birthday. We are proud to have brought our model of compassionate care to Laos.
Please visit www.fwab.org for more information on our projects and what you can do to support our work.
Why these distances? Why no 10k or full marathon?
The goal was to keep the race on the peninsula, to run along the riverside, and to pass as many of the iconic UNESCO-protected buildings and temples as possible. The longest loop we managed to stretch that to was 7km, which is a handy 1/6th of a marathon, making three circuits a half marathon.
Adding a 10k seemed superfluous and would add unnecessary complications to the route. We encourage anyone who wants to do 10k to step up to 14k as an additional challenge. We haven't offered a full marathon for a number of reasons: it would increase the amount of time we would need to shut roads for, it could be rather repetitive to go around 6 loops, and a full marathon opens up health concerns that a half marathon doesn’t.