Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Capital braces for Sunday half marathon



Capital braces for Sunday half marathon

Runners jostle at the start of the 2012 Phnom Penh International Half Marathon.
Runners jostle at the start of the 2012 Phnom Penh International Half Marathon.

Capital braces for Sunday half marathon

The sixth Phnom Penh International Half Marathon will come under starter’s orders in front of the Royal Palace at 6am on Sunday, with up to 4,000 runners expected to take part.

The event, which is meant to celebrate the birthday of the Queen Mother, offers three categories: a 3 kilometre fun run, the 10km road race and the half marathon (21.1km).

The 21.1km Phnom Penh run, which supports the Kantha Bopha Children’s hospitals and other charitable causes, also marks two major commemorations: World Environment Day and the 122nd Olympic Day.

Numbers even higher

While overseas participation drawn from 34 countries showed a marked increase last year, the number of participants also touched a new high, which prompted optimism the numbers could be even higher this year.

“Increase in numbers, especially overseas runners over the years has been a positive sign,” said Vath Chamroeun, secretary-general of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia.

“The new route that we introduced last year that took the runners across the river twice has gone down very well with the participants,” he noted.

Like last year’s route, the runners go past the Cambodia-Japan Friendship Bridge for the first time on their way up.

Then they turn back towards the finish line in front of the Royal Palace through the Cambodia-China Friendship Bridge.

In 2015, Kazuhiko Oki, a 28-year-old gym instructor from the Japanese city of Kobe, topped the men’s field ahead of a Cambodian pair, while French teacher Veronique Messina recorded her third triumph in the women’s race.

This event is one of the Kingdom’s three main charity runs in the annual national calendar.

MOST VIEWED

  • Massive stingrays may live in Mekong’s deep pools

    US scientists have suggested that unexplored deep pools in the Mekong River in an area of Stung Treng could potentially be home to significant populations of giant freshwater stingrays, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish species. This comes as a fisherman hooked a 180

  • CCC team off on US business trip

    The Kingdom’s leading economists and private sector representatives have called on the US to renew its tax preferential status for Cambodian exports, as a Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC) delegation departed for a weeklong business visit to the US, where they will meet with

  • PM takes time to meet, greet Cambodians living in the US

    After landing in the US ahead of the ASEAN-US Special Summit, Prime Minister Hun Sen was received by over 1,000 Cambodian-Americans including political analysts who welcomed him with greetings, fist bumps and selfies. Hun Sen also met with analyst Mak Hoeun, who had allegedly spoken ill

  • Khmer cinema classics back on big screen for free at WB Arena’s outdoor movies series

    On a recent Saturday evening at WB Arena, Bunsong was enjoying a tasty BBQ meal with his family after work on the long tables that had been arranged out in front of the restaurant as they watched a Khmer action movie on a big outdoor

  • PM heads to Washington for ASEAN-US special summit

    Regional and international issues and how to bring the ASEAN-US partnership to another level will be discussed at length as Prime Minister Hun Sen and his ministers arrive in Washington, DC, for a special summit on May 12-13. During the trip, Hun Sen and ASEAN

  • National Assembly refutes EU resolution

    The National Assembly (NA) has hit back at a European Parliament resolution condemning the political and human rights situation in Cambodia, calling it another display of the Parliament’s “double standards”. Key points of the resolution include a warning that the Parliament could exclude the