Nepal Army runner Khagendra Bhat and Nirkala Kulung Rai of Solukhumbu have won the men’s and women’s category of 3rd TAAN Langtang International Marathon 2018 held in Langtang Region on May 19.
Bhatta completed the race in 3 hours 49 minutes and 27 seconds, while Bharat Khatri of Nepal Army and Subash
Karki secured second and third position with the timing of 4 hours 6 minutes and 18 seconds and 4 hours 7 minutes and 58 seconds, respectively.
Similarly, in the women’s category, Nirkala finished the race, clocking 4 hours 57 minutes and 13 seconds ahead of Purna Maya Rai from Solukhumbu (5 hours 26 minutes and 19 seconds) and Sarita Basi from Nepal Army (5 hours 52 minutes and 20 seconds) who finished second and third, respectively.
Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari inaugurated the 42.195-kilometer full marathon amid a function at the Kyanjin Gompa (3,870 m). The marathon trail passes through Ghoda Tabela, Lama Hotel, Rimche, Sherpagaon, and Khangjim before concluding at Syabrubensi.
This is the second time that TAAN organized the marathon from Kyanjin Gomba to Syafrubesi. The first edition was organize as a half marathon from Gosainkunda to Dhunche. TAAN has been organizing the event with the slogan ‘Adventure Sports for Sustainable Tourism’ to spread the message all over the world that Langtang, which sustained serious damages in the 2015 earthquakes, is now safe for tourism activities.
Issuing a statement, TAAN said that the closing ceremony was held in the chairmanship of TAAN First Vice- President Jeeban Thapa Magar and the Chief guest was Mohan Acharya, Member of House of Representative of Rasuwa.
A total of 100 participants, including five foreigners, took part in the event. The winners, first runners-up and second runners-up of both the categories took home cash prize of Rs 105,000, Rs 78,750 and Rs 52,500, respectively.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Minister Adhikari said that Langtang, which suffered severe damages in the 2015 earthquakes, is now open for tourism activities due to initiatives taken by TAAN.
(All photos by TAAN)