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Angkor Wat International Half Marathon

02 Dec 2010 10:24
Jean-Loup Fenaux

Muy Lath is Officer of the Marathon Steering Committee and has been working very hard on the Marathon for almost 7 years.

§staticmap(4730,5)Hello, on December 5th 2010, you’ll be organizing the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon .Can you tell us where it is located?

Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia

This will be the 15th edition of the race. Why was it created in the first place?

It was created for a cause : run to bring artificial limbs to landmine survivors. It then extended its theme to saving youth from HIV/AIDS.

The Angkor Wat International Half Marathon was initially to convey the messages of peace to the world from Cambodia where there was once despair. Where equality is emphasized and everyone can enjoy the sports – running – while sharing and embracing the differences of nationality, social class, ethnicity, age, gender and physical or mental abilities.

Through the main theme and sub theme in which this Marathon has carried since the first year in 1996, participants ran and will continue to run to bring artificial limb for land mine survivors and save youth from HIV/AIDS in Cambodia.

For 15 years, all the registration and donated fee goes entirely to operating the event and also work with local organizations that align with our mission to further develop and assist their cause.

What kind of route have you set up for the runners? How would you describe it?

It is a very unique half marathon in which the runners get to run through and enjoy the World Heritage (one of the few marathons that offers this), Angkor Wat here in Cambodia.

Map of the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon
Credit : Angkor Wat International Half Marathon

Runners of the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon
Credit : Angkor Wat International Half Marathon
How many runners do you expect on Saturday morning? What type of runners do you plan to attract?

Roughly 4,000 runners. Runners from all over the world to share their passion, love and support for our cause and Cambodian runners.

Do you organize other races during the Week-End? If so, on what distances? We have a pre-event that will be held the day before the Marathon, by Hearts of Gold, in which supports internationalism and communication between the Cambodian youth who are learning Japanese to experience an opportunity to interact with Japanese people who are part of a study tour. There is also another pre-event by Village Focus International who will be coordinating the Bike Event the day before as well.

At that time of the year, what kind of weather can we expect? Generally speaking dry and hot but as the Marathon starts early in the morning, it should not be as hot as it can be here in Cambodia.

Have you planned festivities around the half marathon?

Yes, we have an Eve Party the night before the event on the 4th at the Bayon Temple where participants will enjoy the traditional APSARA dance by the Khmer performers as well as Japanese Drum performance accommodated with great food. It is indeed a great way to relax and enjoy all that this marathon has to offer as part of the Marathon experience!

The half marathon finished, what advice would you give a runner who has never been to Angkor Wat before? A good restaurant, a fancy sightseeing?

Here are few ideas :

  • Restaurant Tonle Chaktomuk – good buffet restaurant with many to choose from!
  • Any other restaurants that offers traditional Khmer (APSARA) Dance as part of the dinner.
  • Angkor Balloon – to see the Angkor Wat temple from a bird side view
  • Lake Tonle Sap Boat Trip

In a single sentence, what would you tell the readers of ahotu Marathons to make them register for the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon?

It is one of the few races in the world that allows runners to experience and enjoy a World Heritage while supporting a great cause for the people of Cambodia.

Thank you Muy

Angkor Wat International Half Marathon