Almost 5,000 runners tackled yesterday’s 8th Phnom Penh International Half Marathon here in the Cambodian capital.
Famed Cambodian long distance runner Ma Viro claimed the podium in the men’s race clocking a time of one hour, 16 minutes, and 30 seconds. Japanese-born Cambodian marathon runner Kuniaki Takizaki followed in second place a minute and 30 seconds off the pace.
In the women’s half marathon, Jill Hamill of Great Britain clocked 1:29:03 to finish ahead of Sasaki Natsuno of Japan.
A 10-kilometre run and a 3-kilometre fun run were also on offer for those not yet ready to tackle the longer 21-kilometre half marathon distance. The races began at 6:00 am, with all runners arriving at The Royal Palace starting line at 5:00 am.
The annual race coincided with the celebration of the Birthday of Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, in conjunction with World Environment Day, as well as to commemorate the 124th Olympic Day.
The event, organised by the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia and Cambodia Events Organizer and with the support of the Ministry of Tourism, raised money for the Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals.