Over 2,000 local and foreign runners, hailing from around the world, have already signed up for the annual Angkor Khmer Empire Marathon which is set for this coming Sunday.
The Angkor Empire Marathon, as the name suggests, will take in the UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat temple complex – the largest religious monument in the world. During the race, runners will pass by innumerable historical monuments.
The marathon, now entering its fifth edition, is among two from Siem Reap recognised by the Association of International Marathons and Road Races. The other is the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon held annually in December.
Besides a 42-kilometre full Marathon race, there will be also the 21-kilometre and 10-kilometre road races. A 3-kilometre fun run is aimed at less seasoned athletes.
Vath Chamroeun, secretary general of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia which helps to organise the event, told media this years’ race was expected to see a 15 percent increase on runners than 2017.
In last years race, more than 3,500 runners from 53 countries took part. The full Marathon race saw Briton Neil Burns crossing the finish line first in a time of three hours, eight minutes and 56 seconds.
He was followed by Chinese competitor Tiancai Zhou with Kiwai Ng rounding off the podium in third.
Spain’s Carlota Corbella won the women’s race, with the 22-year-old clocking three hours, 19 minutes and three seconds, 27 minutes quicker than second-placed Muriel Denzier of Switzerland. Kerri Renshaw snatched a place on the podium for Australia.
Japanese distance runner Yamisaki Takemaru upset the hosts in the men’s half marathon, besting the Cambodian pair of Kuniaki Takizaki and Ma Viro.
Takizaki is a 2016 Rio Olympian competing on behalf of the kingdom at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Katherine Duff crossed the line ahead of Yasuko Okamura and Ketman Chiu in the women’s race. Proceeds from the races are donated to a variety of charitable causes.