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Feb 26

Visiting runners from Nepal

Lizzy Hawker

We are happy to welcome two talented Nepali runners to the UTMR 4-stage race during their first visit outside Nepal! We look forward to hearing what they think of the trails around Monte Rosa! Good luck guys …

Mahesh Thapa and Bikash Tamang are two talented young and enthusiastic ultra trail runners from Nepal. Speaking both English and French, they work as trekking guides with Ram Puri’s Pyrénées Nepal Treks and Trails.  Both are from the remote village of Thulosiruwari, in Sindhupalchowk district of Nepal. Their village is situated in hilly area so they grew up helping their parents with daily chores by carrying water, collecting firewood, and collecting grass to feed their domestic animals. Hard work! They started running in a few small local races in their village and now live in Kathmandu for study and work.

They have participated in some of the major races in Nepal – Annapurna100 50km, Kathmandu Trail Race 50km, Stupa to Stupa 50km, Bhojpur Trail Race 36km, Sindhupalchowk International Trail Race 50km and Batase Trail Race 65km – as well they regularly volunteer as trail markers and sweepers.

They are ambitious and very motivated to take part in adventurous trail races. With Ram’s support they have this chance to visit Europe during the summer of 2019 for their first trip outside Nepal. This is a great opportunity to broaden their experience, develop their talent and discover the European race scene. We are happy to invite them to UTMR as part of this adventure.

Mahesh & Bikash – we wish you the best of luck! See you in Grächen in September!

Mahesh Thapa © Anuj Adhikary

Bikash Tamang © Anuj Adhikary

Photos by Anuj Adhikary one of our 2017 UTMR photographers during a KTM Trail Race Series race – look out for these monthly races if you are passing through Kathmandu, a great way to enjoy the hills surrounding the city!

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