Celebrity cave boys step out for a cause

A year after they became trapped in a flooded cave at the start of a two-week ordeal, some of the 12 young Thai football players and their coach marked the anniversary of the drama that propelled them into celebrities.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

A year after they became trapped in a flooded cave at the start of a two-week ordeal, some of the 12 young Thai football players and their coach marked the anniversary of the drama that propelled them into celebrities.

They joined about 4,000 people in a marathon and biking event yesterday morning, organized by authorities to raise funds to improve conditions at the now famous Tham Luang cave complex in northern Thailand.

The youngsters went in to explore before rain-fed floodwaters pushed them deep inside the dark complex. Their rescue was hailed as a miracle.

Nine of the members of the Wild Boars team ran the marathon, looking taller and older. They have since become celebrities, and Netflix has acquired the rights to their story.

"I want to thank everybody who has put so much effort and sacrifices to save all of us," said Ekapol Chantawong, their former coach.