On November 26th, some four thousand sport enthusiasts and runners gathered at Amata’s Nakorn industrial estate (new name now Amata City Chonburi) to participate in the Amata Mini Marathon. The event marked its 10th anniversary as a company program promoting good health and regular exercise among factory workers and personnel, in addition to people from surrounding communities. The number of participants has increased by fifty percent annually, demonstrating the importance and enjoyability of sports events. The mini marathon was held in two distances – a 10.5km run and a 4.8km combined run and walk. This year, the course was redesigned to be more interesting and exciting for runners, leading through the Amata Spring Country Club’s green areas and the gardens of Amata Castle. Trophies were given for winners and runner-ups in the long distance events, as well as for participation to those clubs, associations, and factories with the largest number of participants. Participants’ motivation to take part was visibly rewarded with t-shirts and medals, as well as in their smiling faces. The results make obvious what was already suspected – participating in sport makes everyone happy!
Amata’s participation in the annual event underscores its commitment to the value of sport to the health and well-being of its employees and the members of the wider community. Yearly sports activities organized for factories at Amata’s various industrial estates include soccer, volleyball, basketball, takraw, badminton, table tennis and petanque. At Amata’s Nakorn (Amata City Chonburi) location alone, 146 (!) male soccer teams entered the competition, as well as 112 teams in badminton doubles. In addition to these sport events organized for Amata’s community of factory employees, Amata also sponsors and supports sport programs for surrounding schools at both the primary and secondary level.