Those hoping to pound the Phnom Penh pavements in pursuit of healthier lives were better off joining a gym than attempting to navigate the city’s busy streets as a pedestrian. Phnom Penh city streets are a hive of activity, with pavements, more often than not, blocked by carelessly parked motorcycles or an errant food cart.
However, now there is an alternative. Leading life insurance firm AIA (Cambodia) has introduced a publicly accessible track, dedicated to walking, jogging and running exercises.
Dubbed the “AIA Running Track,” it is aimed at helping Cambodians benefit from a healthy lifestyle. Runners and joggers, away from the city’s busy traffic, can enjoy the distraction-free space and feel motivated by signs of achievement every 50 meters along the track.
The AIA Running Track stretches over 850 meters along the bank of Chaktomuk River, between the Chaktomuk Conference Hall and Phnom Penh-Areiy Ksatr pier. It is open to the general public, and is free of charge. The AIA Running Track was inaugurated and celebrated by the company’s hundreds of employees and AIA Life Planners last week .
Speaking at the inauguration, AIA’s Regional Chief Executive Jacky Chan, said, “AIA commits to helping people live healthier, longer and better lives, and Cambodians are no exception. People here are increasingly aware of their health, and we are here to help them kick start, maintain, and enhance their healthy lifestyles. The AIA Running Track introduced today is an effective and freely accessible platform for people here to do just that.”
Richard Bates, Chief Executive Officer of AIA Cambodia, was equally enthusiastic, “Right from the start, AIA Cambodia puts people’s wellbeing at the centre of everything that we do. The AIA Running Track adds to many of AIA’s efforts to make a positive difference in people’s lives by promoting healthy living. We believe that this running track will not only assist but also inspire people to take steps toward a healthier lifestyle.”
Mr. Bates explained to reporters that the company decided on the location as the perfect place as it was already a popular place with plenty of foot traffic.
“We would like to encourage people to be healthy. We encourage people to get out and do exercise, take physical benefit or mental benefit, said Mr. Bates. “Running or jogging on the track allows them to move along, give them space and time, and space to be able to do exercise.”
He added that if AIA had the opportunity, it would install more running tracks in other areas of Phnom Penh.
AIA Cambodia is part of the AIA Group, which is currently the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group and the largest life insurance company in the world by market capitalisation. AIA Cambodia offers life insurance products and services to meet the growing need for financial protection and long-term savings of people in the kingdom.