VIENTIANE, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- The fifth annual Run for Children "Luang Prabang Half Marathon" will be held in October this year in Lao world heritage town of Luang Prabang.
Luang Prabang Half Marathon has been called one of "Asia's top destination races" by CNN Travel. The route weaves through the golden temples and parallels the scenic Mekong and Nam Khan River.
Last year edition of the event drew over 900 runners. Yet the organizer expects even more runners this year, reported Lao state-run news agency KPL on Tuesday.
Luang Prabang Half Marathon is a charity race for Lao Friends Hospital for Children (LFHC), which is a pediatric hospital in Luang Prabang. LFHC provides free medical care for all children in northern Laos. All proceeds from this race will go towards providing better healthcare for the children of Laos.
The organizers planned to host a fun weekend with a pool party, culinary adventures and a music concert to make sure the runners enjoy weekend in Luang Prabang after the race.