Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Street Running: NOCC starts with a half marathon




Street Running: NOCC starts with a half marathon

Street Running: NOCC starts with a half marathon

Around 200 participants, including twenty from overseas, are expected to take part in the first ever Phnom Penh half marathon to be run in the city. The June 27 event, organised by the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) in association with Ad Weekly, is being projected as a dress rehearsal for the full length Phnom Penh Marathon next year. “Every major city in the world has a marathon to its name,” expressed Vath Chamroeun, Secretary General of the NOCC. “We wanted Phnom Penh to join that select list. It is not only an honour, but it is a big boost for our country’s image. “We are starting with this half marathon as part of our ‘New Phnom Penh’ campaign [Phnom Penh Thmei],” the sports official continued. “We switch over to a full marathon next year and would make that an annual affair.” Vath Chamroeun also noted that all of the profits generated from holding the race would be donated to CMAC, a local demining NGO. “The NOCC is expecting seasoned runners from neighbouring countries to take part in the half marathon the route of which has been specially designed to wind its way through garden-dotted neighbourhoods,” stated the secretary. “The heat and humidity may not be a factor because we are staging the race at 6:00am, and the course has lot of garden patches.” Vath Chamroeun added that students are encouraged to participate.

SEA Games masterplan
Meanwhile, the NOCC is busy taking stock of its infrastructural strengths and weaknesses and also assessing its human resource capabilities in preparation for a master plan to bid for the SEA Games in the next five years. “We have started working on this big project and we will vigorously pursue this bid for say, the 2015 games or the one next to it,” affirmed Vath Chamroeun, adding that Cambodia is the only country in the region, apart from newcomers East Timor, not to have staged the SEA Games.

MOST VIEWED

  • First Khmer woman to pass out of West Point

    The life of a soldier certainly isn’t for everyone. The training is gruelling, the hours long and there’s no room for excuses. On top of that, soldiers must be ready to respond to sudden threats at a moment’s notice. Just ask Sithyka

  • Tourists urged not to skip trip

    The Ministry of Tourism has called on international tourists not to cancel trips to Cambodia, but urged them to adhere to several dos and don’ts when arriving in the Kingdom during the Covid-19 pandemic. The ministry released an eight-point instruction manual on Wednesday published

  • The taxman cometh – Cambodia’s capital gains tax casts the net on individual taxpayers

    In a country where only limited personal income tax existed, the new taxation law beginning January 1, 2021, will make taxpayers out of Cambodians, whether they are ready for it or not About two years ago, a little known amendment was made to Article 7 of the Law

  • Cambodian-American gets Star Trek treatment

    Kevin Ung, a Cambodian-American whose family escaped genocide during the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror, was recently selected from thousands of applicants to participate in the Television Academy Foundation’s inaugural 2020 Star Trek Command Training Programme, a course intended to give hands-on filmmaking experience

  • Cambodia seeks to be transport hub

    Cambodia is working on several fronts to modernise its transport infrastructure and services, concentrating on opening new international gates to relieve and balance traffic congestion at its borders, Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol said on Thursday. This is part of the Kingdom’

  • Deminers unearth ancient lion statue

    Cambodia Mine Action Centre (CMAC) director-general Heng Ratana told The Post on Tuesday that a statue of a lion was found by mine clearance experts while they were digging for a development project. It was sent to the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts last