Angkor Wat International Half Marathon
Angkor Wat Half Marathon © ronan crowley
The Angkor International Half Marathon now attracts more than 5,000 runners annually, with nearly 50 countries represented in recent years. First held in 1996 this 21km race through, in, and around the magnificent Angkor temples is becoming increasingly popular. The setting alone makes it an iconic addition to the international race calendar, with the evocative temples a constant backdrop to the athlete's efforts. The race starts before dawn in order to avoid the stifling heat and humidity of the day. All funds raised are devoted to victims of landmine explosions and a number of other pressing issues in Cambodia including the treatment of HIV Aids. There is also an Angkor bike race which has three categories: the 100km race, the 30km race and a fun family race event. The bike race is usually held the day before the marathon. Participants can also choose to attend a number of related celebrations and events including a Gala Dinner Party at the Prasat Bei Temple which includes a traditional dance show. As one can imagine, the Angkor International Half Marathon is a wonderful sports event for spectators.
Date: 4 December 2016