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Organiser is ‘hopeful’ that Koh Dach Race will push through

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The main organiser of a major running competition in Phnom Penh’s Koh Dach (Silk Island) said he is “optimistic” that they would be able to hold the event in July of this year.

Most of the running events scheduled for this year have already been cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. These include the Phnom Penh International Marathon, Khmer Empire Marathon and Cambodia Elephant Trail.

However, Juergen Wittstock, CEO of Running in Cambodia, sees Cambodia having such kinds of events soon. The Koh Dach Race is scheduled for July 26.

“It seems Cambodia will soon be back to having smaller events offline. I am pretty hopeful for Ko Dach as a local event, though I am still pessimistic about my presence there,” said Wittstock, who is based in Japan but comes to Cambodia from time to time to organise running competitions.

Wittstock is behind the Battambang Bamboo Road Race and Kep International Half Marathon.

A ban on all sports activities is still in place across the Kingdom. But it could be lifted soon, with Cambodia having no new cases of coronavirus infection for the past two weeks.

“But if I am not there, Kim Kok, Muyngim and our Japanese friends will be able to manage, just without chip timekeeping,” he added, referring to his organising partners.

There are three categories for the race: 10k (run), 5k (run, and 5k (jog/walk). The top three winners of the runs (male and female) will receive prizes from the organisers.

Registration fee is pegged at $32 for the 10k run, $22 for 5k run and $5 for 5k jog and walk. Half price for groups of five and registered clubs.Registration is ongoing.

A picturesque island on the Mekong River, Koh Dach has long been a favourite destination for locals and foreign tourist seeking a place to relax far from the din and bustle of the city or a place for biking and other adventure-laden activities.

In the past, Koh Dach hosted several racing competitions, including a Fun Race for Orphans in 2015 and Koh Dach (Silk Island) Team Race by Ecomarathon in February last year.

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