There is nothing quite like running through the ancient Angkorian complex in the morning sun.
- When? 3rd August 2017
- Where? Around Siem Reap, Cambodia.
- Price: $60 - $65 for half and full marathon respectively, for foreign bookings between 1st Jan and 30th June.
Dust off your trainers for the Angkor Empire Full and Half Marathon. Established in 1996 by Yuki Arimori, the first Japanese women to win an Olympic marathon medal, this event has been growing in popularity ever since.
Arriving before the sun to Angkor Wat is an experience in itself. As the first rays of light appear, resisting the temptation to stop and take photographs of the ancient temples and stone faces along the route becomes harder than the running itself. There are several routes that make their way through the UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the full 42 kilometre marathon, the half 21 kilometre marathon, a 10 kilometre road race, a 3 kilometre family run, a 21 kilometre wheelchair race and a 10 kilometre artificial limb race. Registration costs around 60 US dollars and proceeds go to charities that support the victims of anti personal mines.
The ground is generally completely flat and the temperature is cool in the early morning unlike the soaring temperatures of midday. Kids line the streets to urge competitors on and medals, as well as certificates, are awarded at the finish line. So forget that extra book you'll never read and make sure you pack your running shoes instead - this is the best way to see the area (if you like getting hot and sweaty).
- Get there: Fly to Siem Reap; it's a 10 minute drive to the city centre.
- Stay: Find accommodation near the city centre so you can get to the start line easily.
Visit the official website for more information.
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