The Angkor Wat International Half Marathon holds on December 5 – 6. Keen marathon runner, or just enjoy fun-running through inspiring scenery for a good cause? If yes to either of these then the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon around the fascinating, impressive, Angkor temples is a must!
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The ever growing popularity of the Angkor Wat International half marathon is well reflected in this year’s record entry numbers as the remarkable charity run sets for its 15th edition around the Angkor temple complex in Siem Reap on Sunday.
Less than 250 runners from 14 countries took part in the inaugural run in 1996, but 15 years on the number has reached a staggering 3,850 from 53 countries. Scores of aspiring distance runners were also denied entry after failing to register on time a couple of weeks ago.
The rush of excitement and enthusiasm for the milestone run this year has been unprecedented. The international event offers no purse but rather pride in participation, doubling up as a run for charity and an irresistible tourist attraction.
Jointly organised by the Khmer Amateur Athletics Federation, the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia and the Angkor Wat Marathon Executive Committee, with active cooperation from local NGO Hearts of Gold and the Japan Medical Joggers Association, the day-long athletics meet is crammed with several other attractions, such as a 21-kilometre wheelchair race, a run for the handicapped, a 10km race for men and women and a 3km fun-run for families. A bike race and a rally have been thrown into the mix as well.
It is a measure of its stature that every continent is represented by participants in the race which flags off at 6am along a winding journey that starts and finishes in front of the historic Angkor Wat temple. The United Kingdom heads the list of entries with 357, followed closely by the United States with 318, Australia (269), Japan (262) and France (145).
For athletes who want to join the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon on December 1, 2013 and want to book packages for your accommodation and sightseeing after the event. Choices of various star-rated hotels are available for your selection.
Official Tour Operator of Angkor Wat International Half Marathon
C/o Cambodian Events Organizer Co., Ltd.
# 79Ce0, St. 155 S/K Toul Tompoung I, K/H Chamkar Morn, Phnom Penh of Cambodia.
Tel: +855(0)23 213525/+855(0)97 8883286