Run For Love, an annual running event now in its fifth year and which coincides with Valentine’s Day, will see a record number of runners competing in Sunday’s event.
According to secretary-general at the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia Vath Chamroeun, participation in athletics continues to grow in popularity as 3,428 budding athletes have stated their intention to run a 3 kilometre and 5 kilometre race for charity around Koh Pich.
“More than 3,000 runners have registered their interest this year so this is an improvement of around 50 percent from last year, he said.
At last year’s event speakers appealed to young adults to use the day to celebrate family and friends rather than for sexual escapades. “Youth should not use the day to go out for sexual misconduct,” said Sun Sothy, a Phnom Penh municipal transport department official.
“They should choose other activities on that day such as playing sports.”
Donations from Sunday’s run will be distributed to needy schools around Cambodia’s provinces.