Although the event itself was very enjoyable the organization and communication leading up to, during and after the event has proved to be somewhat lacking and unprofessional. We were then told to attend race registration at the Angkor Paradise Hotel on 19th January. This we did only to find that our names were not on the list and we had not been assigned numbers. When we enquired about this, the first lady we spoke to did not speak English. The second lady, Marie seemed a little flustered and it became apparent that we were not the only people having this problem and that there was no procedure in place to deal with this suggestion. She eventually said that two people had dropped out of the 32km (two men, Frederic Bock no. 608 and Jean Etienne Beneton no. 622). She assigned us their numbers and assured us that by race day they would be registered to our names (608 to Lois and 622 to Alex). We got in our minivan on race day with other runners and the minivan drove for around 20 minutes until Alex and myself realized he was going the wrong way. We got him to stop by the ticket office close to Angkor Wat and asked him to call the emergency number to speak with the organizers. He could not get through to them. It became clear the driver did not know where he needed to go. We directed him in Khmer to the race start and arrived just in time for the race start. Everyone on board needed the toilet and the race start was called whilst we were all peeing at the side of the road. It was very rushed, not ideal! The race itself was very enjoyable, great varied route, well-marked, good water stops, nice addition of coconut juice and bananas available. We both had a great run! When we got to the end Alex was told that they did not know his race position (turned out to be 6th overall) because someone had run through the forest and they werent sure if he had come the right way. I was told I had come second out of the women for this event and that I should wait for the award ceremony. When the award ceremony came around, my name was not called out. I have been trying to sort this out since without success
Un merveilleux voyage travers les curiosits asiatiques de Siemp Reap !! Parcours roulant mais trs vari, avec des passages atypiques dans les villages la rencontre des cambodgiens ! :-) grer : la chaleur caniculaire !
First of all thank you for the great race, I enjoyed very much and would participate again.Some points on the pre race phase communication should be improved. It was not clearly communicated and dufficult to understand what is included and what not. Too many E-Mails with much to read and forced to find the important information in between the texts. So now having done the race itll be an easy to join again. For next time newcomers would surely appreciate one clear list of the important points. Unlucky was also the delay of the time chip, but this was not predictable and unfortunate things always can happen.The race itself was really good organized, BRAVO. The trails were very clearly marked and on critical points you put local staff to guide the runners to the right direction. This was awesome thinking about how many people must be briefed for such a race. The scenery and fact to run around some temples was just breathtaking. I would like to di a 64k just to see more of the beautiful environment and the khmer architecture.Final statement:This race was the most beautiful I have done till now.
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