The 23rd Angkor Wat International Half Marathon on Sunday 02 December 2018

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22  years of  the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon

 This  historical marathon  event to Cambodian people was planned to start in 1995, but it could  realize from 1996 with the main purpose of raising fund to support   and encourage the landmine victims  who  survived  after a long civil war to take  normal lives as others .  The Angkor Wat International Half Marathon  was also set up for  the purpose of  consolidating the nation  and intimate friendship with all the people around the world. That’s why we choose the  running course  in the center of  ancient  capital of the Khmer Empire – The Angkor Wat  and Angkor Thom  temples complex  ( dating from  12th -16th  Centuries ). The Angkor Wat temple was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th  century  and  greatly extended the temples complex of Angkor Thom  by the King  Jayavarman  VII , recognized as one of the most powerful king  in the Angkor Empire era.

First event of Angkor Wat International Half Marathon  just few hundred runners participated and until  22nd year  event  on 03 December 2017, it got  over 10,000 runners  from   80 countries participated.

For the last 22 years, group  wheel chaired  and disabled runners of 21k and 10 k  always start  in advance, recognized   as  a great concern from organizer  and all participants  of  the event. The running Ambassador of this event is Ms. Yuko Arimori ,  Olympic medalist  and  president of  Hearts of Gold  NGO in Cambodia.

Runners  who  participated in the race  have enjoyed a unique experience ancient atmosphere   on  a  running road  through  13 ancient temples  along the  beautiful  forested course  in the cool weather  of an early morning  in December.  Starting and finishing line  in front of  the Angkor  Wat  with   categories of 21K, 10K and family fun run 3k, all runners have an opportunity to get their beautiful photos of event with Angkor Wat temple  (a national symbol, appearing on the Cambodian flag)  as  special back ground .

The course of  21k   first  head south  and turn along the moat  surrounding the Angkok Wat  and turn right to make a U turn near check point of entrance at a distance of  3.4km, then forward  east to the  small circuit of temples complex  by passing   Kravan temple  of 10th century and turn left at the distance of 11km  at the ancient pool of Sras Srang  and Banteay Kdey temple. Then forward west  to the  Victory  Gate of Angkor Thom  at  a distance of  16km  by passing  group temples of Takeo, Taprohm, Taney ,Thaomanon, Chausey Tevada.  Angkor Thom  cover s an area of nine square kilometers. At its centre  is King Jayavarman VII’s state temple , the Bayon , but just before reaching it, runners should pass by the 350m long  Terrace of Elephants. This was used as  an platform  for the King Jayavarman VII  to ride  his Elephants to the battle fields as well as to view his victorious  returning army  or  viewing the army parade in some ceremonies  of his time. Runners exit Angkor Thom South Gate  with about 1.5km left to run until they reach the finish line  in front of the Angkor Wat.

All runners were really happy  and appreciated  the preparing  facilities  along the course  from organizer. Every 2Km , we have water station with  water ,energy drink and bananas . biker- staffs  have escorted runners  on   the entire course . Yes, the race is getting better than ever  since the last 21 years . Number  of  runners  are increasing  from 10%  to 15 %  year by year . As the organizer, we are looking for the figure of runners  up to more than ten thousand  by  the near future. In the 21st event, we have raised fund  up to  135,400 USD  for  charity  to disabled people and poor children in the hospitals.

On behalf of the Organizing  Committee, we would like to express our deepest  gratitude and sincere thanks  to all runners and supporters and donors to the Angkor Wat International Half marathon  in the last 22 years. We are waiting to welcome the runners to our coming event   on  Sunday 02 December 2018 .

Best wishes,

Sem Phalla

General Manager

Marathon Committee

10 thoughts on “The 23rd Angkor Wat International Half Marathon on Sunday 02 December 2018

  1. Might be worth saying too that it’s worth adapting your strategy to conditions on the day. May sound obvious but at Paris last weekend (first marathon, won’t be last!), it was 20 degrees in full sun so I flexed my target time knowing that I’d be expending more energy trying to keep cool.

  2. event manager : Is there 10 km run in your 21st. watt international marathon 4th December in your beauiitfull country ?.
    hope , if there is 10K.M RUN , I will register my name through online .with regards thanking you yours faithfully
    Arockiaswamy Jayaraj, A.F.I, International marathon runner -INDIA,
    C/O, Classic Road Runners Athletic Club Bangalore -560010, india ,

    1. Dear Participant,
      Thank you so much for your kind interested in our event. Regarding to you request, our race 10km still available. Pls kindly go through to our registration link to sign up. Hope to see you in Dec.

      Pls feel free to contact us at any times if you have any further more inquiries.

      Many thanks with regards,

      Makara / Marathon Team
      Email :
      Phone : (855) 15213525 / (855) 87665569

  3. Dear Sir/Madam
    Is Angkorwat international HM for coming December 2017 run is confirmed on 3rd, Sunday?
    When can my friends and I register for this run.
    Appreciated your reply.

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