The third Angkor Empire International Marathon, sponsored by Angkor Beer, will be run around the Angkor Wat temple complex in Siem Reap on August 7.
The high point of this year’s charity run, which supports the Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital, will be the presence of a member of the Thai Royal Family.
Apart from the 42km run, a half marathon and 10 km events for men and women will also be held as added attractions. For runners of all ages and athletic abilities, a 3km fun run is also being offered.
Addressing a media conference, Vath Chamroeun, the secretary-general of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, said close to 1,000 overseas runners, most of them from China, have already registered for the event, with close to 500 locals expected to line up for the various categories.
“Last year, we had around 2,000 runners. We expect the same level of interest this year as well. The proceeds from the event will go to charitable causes,” Chamroeun said. “It is imperative we continue to hold this full marathon since this has become part of our sports history.’’