The National Olympic Committee of Cambodia handed out donations totaling over $100,000 from sponsorship and proceeds from last year’s Angkor Wat International Half Marathon.
Vath Chamroeun, secretary general of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, said charitable funds totaling $105,031, would provide vital funding to hospitals and NGOs to continue their work in the kingdom.
Charitable funds were handed out at a charity donation ceremony on Monday with cash coming from primary sponsors including Wurkz of Energy Drink fame and insurance company ManuLife.
Among the recipients included Angkor Hospital for Children who received over $70,000, and the Cambodian Red Cross, who received $10,000. The Kantha Bopha Hospital, The Heart of Gold Project for Disabled Athletes, and six other NGOs were also among the recipients.
Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism and Chairman of the NOCC, claimed that the increase in participating athletes for Cambodia’s races was a result of political stability, safety, and security.
The races take in the UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat temple complex – the largest religious monument in the world. During the race, runners passed by innumerable historical monuments.
Siem Reap hosts two marathons recognised by the Association of International Marathons and Road Races – The Angkor International Half Marathon, which last year saw over 10,000 participants, and the Khmer Empire Full Marathon.
“The Increasing number of Cambodian and international runners is testament to Cambodia’s peace, political stability, and development throughout the country, said Mr. Khon. “[It] is a result of the efforts of the Royal Government of Cambodia which has enabled international events to attract more and more visitors,” he added.
Manulife Cambodia, the first international life insurance company in the Kingdom, became principal sponsor in 2015. As an internationally recognised half marathon, the race raises relief for the victims of antipersonnel mines in Cambodia.
Last August’s 5th Khmer Empire Full Marathon race saw over 3,000 runners pound Siem Reap streets to raise money for charity. The annual race attracted 3,055 domestic and international athletes from 50 countries.
This year’s Khmer Empire Full Marathon is slated for August 4 with the early bird registration deadline passing today. The final registration deadline will be July 1.
Meanwhile, the 24th Angkor Wat International Half Marathon is set for December 8th.