Angkor Wat Marathon
This internationally recognized marathon raises funds for the relief for victims of antipersonnel landmines in Cambodia.
Participating in this event in Siem Reap is an experience of a lifetime…and which you are guaranteed never to forget.
Angkor Wat Marathon is a unique international race and starts from one of the 7 Wonders of the World – Angkor Wat Temple.
First starting over 20 years ago in 1996 and set up by a Non-Government Organization (NGO) working in Cambodia – the marathon has been going strong ever since with an ever increasing amount of participants each year.
This special marathon has the support of loyal running enthusiasts, plus many Japanese participants who love this event, come time and time again.
The marathon designed to attract participants from all over the world – to send a message of banning the use of antipersonnel mines and peace toward our fellow man.
Cambodia still has an estimated 5 million landmines buried in the ground and active efforts are being implemented to clear them away – with the help of the Cambodian Government and international organizations.
Angkor Wat Marathon is also attended by many landmine victims themselves, which gives them courage and hope – realizing that they are not forgotten collateral damage in a war that marked everyone in Cambodia.
This event is sponsored by donation and raises money to foster independence by providing help with such things as prosthetic limbs for victims and social reintegration programs in helping them learn new skills. The Angkor Wat Marathon also supports other relevant, much-needed programs such as education and prevention of HIV/AIDS.
Thanks to international support from around the world, people are inspired and encouraged by this competition…and everyone is welcome!