Chicago Marathon in Chinatown in Oct. 22, 2006. Photo: Michael Mooney/ Flickr.

BANGKOK — To start the Year of Rooster in good health, join a minimarathon to Yaowarat Road and get a chance to fly to China.

After celebrating Chinese New Year with food and shopping, it’s time to say“Gong Xi Fa Chai” to one’s health by being on track in a race to Bangkok’s Chinatown.

Not only will the winner of the first prize for the minimarathon earn a red envelope filled with a 25,000 baht-worth plane ticket to China, but all participants will also get a chance to win 6 similar tickets and other prizes from a lucky draw.

Proceeds will go to World Visions Foundation of Thailand to support needy children and families.

The races are 5K and 11K and will start at 5:30am on Feb. 12 from National Stadium, near MBK Center, to Yaowarat Road.

Registration fee is 470 baht and 520 baht if runners wish to receive t-shirts and bibs via postal service. Those interested can register online until Jan. 31.