Angkor Wat International Half Marathon

Now that I’ve finished recovering from the race, edited my vlog, and uploaded my photos, I can finally come here to write this one sentence:

The Angkor Wat International Half Marathon is an epic destination race you should do.

Destination races, for me, serve two purposes. The first purpose is as an obvious excuse to go travel. The second purpose is to discover a place on foot. I’m so happy I was able to bookend my year with two half marathons, and end the year with one as special as the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon. Here’s my travel vlog about the race and the trip. Continue reading “Angkor Wat International Half Marathon”

Road to Angkor Wat: Race Week

Well, I can’t believe it. Race week for the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon is here!

I fly out tonight on Cebu Pacific, which has the sole direct Manila-Siem Reap flights. This cuts the journey down to three hours in the air, although there are only four Cebu Pacific flights a week. Other flight itineraries include stopovers in Ho Chi Minh or Kuala Lumpur. The other option is to fly to Bangkok then take a six-hour bus trip (which is how backpackers get around in Asia anyway — but I digress).

As part of Team Manulife, my schedule is pretty full from breakfast on for the next three days. Continue reading “Road to Angkor Wat: Race Week”

Road to Angkor Wat, Week 1

It still feels quite unreal to me that I’ve been invited to run an iconic race by the end of the year. A few months ago, Manulife reached out and asked if I’d be interested in running the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon on December 3. A few of my running friends have done this event, which is one of two long-distance races held in Angkor, Cambodia. What other answer could I have given except for “Yes”? Continue reading “Road to Angkor Wat, Week 1”