Once, there were only three kinds of people in Thailand who ran.
“The first group was boxers. The second was crazy men. The third group was those who must run to kae bon (fulfil a pledge made to divine beings),” Prof Udomsil Srisangnam, 74, said, laughing, as he recounted his early days of running in Bangkok.
The time to which he referred was three decades ago, when the health-conscious doctor suffered a heart attack at the age of 40. He took up running after reading an article in a magazine about its benefits for heart disease patients. Running helped heal his heart. Afterwards, Prof Udomsil wrote a popular book on running called Ving Soo Chevit Mai (Running For A Better Life) and spent decades promoting running for health.
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