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Postponed Khmer Empire Marathon slated for August

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The annual Khmer Empire Marathon is among the most prestigious international races in Cambodia and draws thousands of local and foreign participants. KT/Yuen Punlue

The postponed Khmer Empire Marathon will be held in Siem Reap province this coming August.

The 2020 edition of the race was supposed to be  staged five months ago. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, its organisers decided to move the event to a later date.

The Khmer Empire Marathon was among the many running events that were affected by the pandemic. The others include Angkor Wat International Half Marathon, Koh Dach Race and Cambodia Elephant Trail.

National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) Secretary-General Vath Chamroeun announced early this week the cancellation of Angkor Ultra Trail 2021.

Chamroeun cited the COVID-19 situation as main reason for the cancellation. Cambodia has recorded 381 COVID-19 cases with no fatalities so far. The event, which is among the most popular international adventure races here, was supposed to be held in Siem Reap province this month.

The Khmer Empire Marathon will now be held on August 8, according to World Marathons.

The news comes after the Cambodian government lifted its latest sports ban. The ban was imposed in early December after Cambodia experienced its first COVID-19 community outbreak.

The Khmer Empire Marathon will be among the several major races that will be held this year. These include Angkor Wat International Half Marathon, which is tentatively scheduled for January 24, and the 2nd Women’s Run 10k on March 8.

The Kulen Mountain Trek-Run, which was postponed several times already because of the pandemic, will be held in the first quarter of this year, according to its organisers.

The annual Khmer Empire Marathon is a collaboration between the Ministry of Tourism, NOCC, World Marathons, Cambodia Events Organizer and corporate sponsors.

The race comes in four categories: Full Marathon (42k), Half Marathon (21k), 10k and 3k.

Due to the current  health situation and new developments on the ground, it still uncertain if the number of participants will significantly decrease this year.

The Khmer Empire Marathon is one of the few sports events in the Kingdom where participants get to experience running within and around the iconic Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world and Cambodia’s number one tourist destination.

The first Khmer Empire Marathon was held in 2014 with 2,200 runners from 42 countries. Subsequently, more runners from Cambodia, Japan, Korea and other countries joined the race.

The 2019 edition of the race drew 3,500 runners from 49 nations, with Kuniaki Takizaki and Michio Yoneda,  both of Japan, winning the 1st and 2nd places in the main event.

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