Thai Cave Footballers run marathon to mark the one-year anniversary of their rescue

Jane McGuire
Photo credit: Sky News

From Runner's World

To mark a year since they were rescued from a cave where they were trapped for two weeks, nine of the twelve Thai footballers have run a marathon, along with their coach.

The young footballers decided to take on the challenge to raise money to improve facilities at the complex where they were rescued a year ago. The Wild Boars football team were trapped by rising flood water in the Tham Luang cave on 23 June 2018. Ten days later divers found the boys, all of whom were rescued during a widely publicised mission that started on 10 July 2018. One of the Thai Navy Divers, Lieutenant Commander Saman Gunan died during the rescue mission.

The boys and one of the English divers who helped get them out, Vernon Unsworth, took part in the run and bike event in Mae Sai, where the cave is located.

Unsworth, who is seen to have been critical in helping the boys get out alive, told Sky News, “"Not many children could have survived the way they did, so we have to respect them for that.

"What we should do right now is to just let them get on with their lives. Just let them grow up like normal kids."

The cave is still a popular tourist destination and has had significant renovations over the past year, including paved roads and shops.

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