According to the organizers, the marathon has been organized with the objective of promoting the trekking trail from Jumla to Mugu’s Rara Lake and introducing Karnali through sports. Speaking at a press conference in Kathmandu on Friday, club president Saroj Shahi said that registration of players for the marathon was open.
It is said that this is the third marathon to be organized now. Earlier, the first edition was organized in 2075 BS and the second edition in 2076 BS. He informed that the marathon, which could not be conducted in 2077 BS due to Corona, was being re-organized this time.
The marathon will start from Jumla headquarters Khalanga at an altitude of 2,300 meters above sea level and will end at Danphen Lake at an altitude of 3,300 meters, Chuchchemara Lake at an altitude of 4,100 meters, and Raratal at an altitude of 2,890 meters.
The two-day trek from Jumla takes 5 to 7 hours for professional players. In the past, up to 347 players, both men, and women, had participated in this edition of the game. According to the organizers, the prize money of Rs. 100,000 was given to the winner in the previous year.
This time the best 10 players will be awarded. It is estimated that it will cost Rs 5 million to complete the marathon. To participate in the marathon, foreigners will have to pay Rs 4,500 and Nepalis Rs 1,600. From that amount, T-shirts and canteen have been arranged along with the accommodation of Raratal.
It has been stated that the players can register their names till April 8. At the press conference, Hari Bahadur Rokaya, the patron of the club, Olympian, who has been inscribed in the Guinness Book of World Records for ultra-marathon, pointed out the need for cooperation of the government and various organizations in the development of the sports sector.
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