Runners gearing up for the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon

Posted in News on December 2nd, 2015 by One Greenstone

 

The international spotlight will be thrown on Cambodia this month when an expected 7,000 runners from across the globe descend on Siem Reap for the annual Angkor Wat International Half Marathon.

Now in its 19thyear, the annual Angkor Wat International Half Marathon has made a name for itself as one of the world’s most spectacular runs, attracting thousands of sportsmen and women from across the world to race around the route, which takes in the spectacular temples of Angkor.

Cambodia is among 100 countries and territories staging marathons every year. And while running remains the draw, the sprawling temples of Angkor Archaeological Park are the key ingredient to the run’s success.

The event takes place on December 6th from 5.30am to avoid the heat. Races include the 21km wheelchair, 21km half marathon, 10km road race, and a 3km family run.

With competitors flying in and crowds expected to land in Siem Reap to cheer runners on, the city is expected to be busy that weekend so visitors should plan ahead accordingly.

The marathon comes ahead of a new race, the Ultra-Trail Angkor, which will see runners cover 32km, 64km and 128km routes along the temples’ back trails, starting at Bayon, in January.

Kimhean Pich, CEO and founder of Discover the Mekong, says, “The Angkor Wat International Half Marathon is a very popular event and is a fantastic opportunity to show the world how wonderful Cambodia really is. It must be incredible for the runners to take in the temples along the route. We wish them all good luck from the Discover the Mekong team.”

For more information on the event visit www.angkormarathon.org/

 

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