Lumbini Peace Marathon and Adventure Sports Nepal are jointly organizing 4th Lumbini Peace Marathon 2018 in Lumbini – the birthplace of Lord Buddha – on March 1, 2018.
Organizing a press meet in Kathmandu on Monday, the organizers said that the first and only spiritual sports event in the world is being organized to promote Lumbini as the ultimate tourist destination for all Buddhist followers provide runners from all over the world a thematic marathon event, and for development and promotion of marathon sport in Nepal.
“The marathon route follows the footsteps of Buddha and passes through Mother Mayadevi Maternity Route and the land of Three Buddhas. While running Lumbini Peace Marathon, athletes pass through important Buddhist heritage sites in an around Lumbini. A spiritual marathon like the Lumbini Peace Marathon, which follows the footsteps of Lord Buddha to his hometown of Kapilvastu, his palace in Tilaurakot and his birthplace in Lumbini, gives runners a chance to experience an aura of spiritual enlightenment that other traditional marathon lacks,” the organizers said in the statement.
Speaking at the press meet, Bikram Pandey, patron of Lumbini Peace Marathon, said that the main objective of the event is to promote tourism in Lumbini-Kapilvastu region through spiritual sports marathon. “Once the international airport in Bhairahawa comes into operation, the number of visitors is expected to grow by leaps and bounds. This marathon will help to bring more tourists to Lumbini,” he added.
Similarly, Olympian Baikuntha Manandhar, who is the race director of the event, said that Lumbini Peace Marathon is not just a sporting event but a tool to promote Lumbini in the world tourism map.
Likewise, Shikhar Pandey, event manager, said that they were expecting 250 runners to participate in the marathon. “Around 25 runners from countries like China, India, an Australia, among others, have already confirmed their participation,” he added.
There will be three categories in the marathon — full marathon of 42.195 km, half marathon of 21 km, and student/general run of 5 km. The winner, 1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up of the full marathon will take home cash prize of Rs 100,000, Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000, respectively, along with medal and certificates. Similarly, the winner, 1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up of the half marathon will be richer by Rs 50,000, Rs 35,000 and Rs 25,000, respectively.