On November 1, Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai set out for a very long run — a 55-day, 2,191-kilometer (roughly 1,361 miles) jaunt from Thailand’s Betong district in the southern Yala province to the Mae Sai district in the north Chiang Rai province — to be exact.
There’s nothing waiting for him at the finish line. But he’s not running for himself. Toon is running to inspire the citizens of Thailand to raise more than 20 million USD for 11 local hospitals. And if each Thai citizen donates 10 baht (30 cents USD), he thinks they can do it by December 25 (the end of the run).
Perhaps even more astonishing than his race course map and ambitious fundraising goal is the fact that Toon isn’t widely known as a runner. As the frontman of successful Thai rock band Bodyslam, Toon is first recognized as one of Thailand’s biggest rock stars. But his love for running …