A group of prominent runners in Cambodia has launched a project to promote running and at the same time make the Cambodian experience more well-known to the outside world.
Called ‘Runner’s Voice’, it is a digital storytelling project where Cambodian runners tell about their experiences on the track. The project was launched a few days ago and will conclude in December 2020.
As part of the project, running stories will be published in We Run in Cambodia Facebook page and website runningincambodia.org, according to Muyngim Eng, a well-known runner and one of the people behind the project.
A different story will be published every week.
Using a digital format, according to Eng, allows them to share their stories in a powerful way with a wider community online. “Digital storytelling helps us connect to people no matter where they are located,” she noted.
Eng said they want more people to be part of the running community in Cambodia.
“It will motivate and encourage others to get involved. It will reduce the negative attitude towards running. People will know it is a healing and empowering experience,” she said, pointing out the benefits and the ways their project can help promote and develop running in the Kingdom.
The project could also be a way for people outside the Kingdom to know more about running in Cambodia and the accomplishments of Cambodian runners.
Eng said they plan to expand the project in the future.
“If this project succeeds, we will step into the next level where we will share the stories more frequently and to a wider audience. We have plans to have on-site workshops and compile all these stories into a book,” she stressed.
As a starter, the project featured the story of Meyjou Heng this week .
In the story, Heng, 26, narrated about her experiences and struggles before becoming one of Cambodia’s top female runners. Heng is a regular fixture in local running competitions and also participated in several major ones outside Cambodia, including the Asian Athletics Championship in 2015 in Wuhan, China and 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines.
Running is increasingly becoming a popular sport and form of exercise in the Kingdom.
Before COVID-19 struck, Cambodia was holding running competitions year-round. Among the most well-known and best-attended competitions are the Khmer Empire Marathon, Phnom Penh Half Marathon, Sihanoukville International Half Marathon, Angkor Wat International Half Marathon and Kep International half Marathon.
It is also common to see people running or jogging at the Olympic Stadium and other venues around the country after work or during the weekends.
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