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Bangkok Runners
Lumpini Running Club
3 Bangkok
Ultimate
Asia Parkour

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8 Social Sports Groups in Bangkok

Having an accountability partner can be one of the best ways to keep an exercise routine . But where can you find a workout buddy ? From extreme sports like parkour to an outdoor run club , Bangkok has something for everyone . So lace up your shoes , fill up your water bottle , and get ready to meet some new people in these fitness groups with a social slant .
by KYLA GARDNER

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Bangkok Runners

A running club for beginners to ultra-marathoners
Whether you ’ re looking forward to completing your fifth marathon or haven ’ t put on your running shoes in years , the Bangkok Runners invite you to lace up and hit the pavement with its 400-strong group . Sunday morning is the biggest gathering at Lumpini Park , but weekly runs and race training take place throughout the city . The group encourages positivity and supporting other members of the group , no matter their fitness level or goals .
Fees Free
Location Benjakitti Park , Lumpini Park Gate 2 , Rama 9 Royal Park
Hours 6:15 a . m . Tuesdays and Thursdays at Lumpini Park 6:00 p . m . Tuesdays and Thursdays at Benjakitti Park More scheduled runs on meetup . com / Bangkok-runners

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Lumpini Running Club

A running club … with drinks !
What ’ s a better way to finish off an outdoor run in sweltering Bangkok than with an ice-cold beer ? Lumpini Running Club organizes evening runs around the 2.7 km park path , often with a casual drinks meet-up afterward . The group also puts together weekend trips to islands like Ko Si Chang for more nature-filled runs — the perfect opportunity for some extended group bonding .
Fees Free
Location Lumpini Park Drinks at Flann O ’ Briens Silom , 62 / 1-4 Silom Road , BTS Sala Daeng
Hours 6:30 p . m . runs Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30 p . m . post-run drinks Thursdays See upcoming events at www . meetup . com / lumpini-running-club

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Ultimate

A great cardio workout with team spirit
This isn ’ t just goofing off and tossing a disc in college ; this is Ultimate Frisbee . Bangkok SoiDawgz is a group of Thais and foreigners who
Asia Parkour love to get a good cardio workout and play as a team in this sport where you advance a Frisbee down the field like soccer . The group is open to experienced players and beginners and hosts a hat tournament every February . ( Teams are formed by random placement of individuals .)
Fees 100 baht for Sunday pick-up
Location MRTA HQ / depot on Rama 9 Road
Hours Pick-up games 3:30 p . m . to 6:30 p . m . Sundays

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Asia Parkour

An offbeat class to build your muscles and your mind
Jump , climb , swing , vault , roll , leap , hang , and twist to expand your idea of what a workout can be . Parkour is the use of the body — and creativity — to
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