The date for the fourth edition of the gruelling 128-kilometre Ultra Trail d’Angkor was revealed at a press conference yesterday in Phnom Penh.
Vath Chamroeun, secretary general of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, said that the event would take place next month between January 19-20.
He revealed registrants had increased to around 1,000 people from 42 countries – an increase on 700 participants from the last edition.
“For the 16 kilometre run there will be Cambodian runners, said Mr. Chamroeun. “But only for 128 kilometres there may be only a few Cambodian participants but not many.”
Edouard George, the president of Phoenix Voyages, said that this year the French had the largest number of participants. The runway is 128 kilometre, 64 kilometre, 32 kilometre and 16 kilometre.
New routes will see runners cross varied numerous temples and villages, from narrow paths through dense vegetation, jungle, rice fields, and sandy tracks.
Varying distances of competition are on offer for participants ranging from the Angkor Ultra Trail (128 kilometre), Bayon Trail Angkor (64 kilometre), Angkor Marathon (42 kilometre), Jungle Trail Angkor (32 kilometre), Temple Run Angkor (16 kilometre) to the leisurely 16 kilometre Nordic Walk. There will also be an 8 kilometre humanitarian run.