Mira Rai, a Nepali trail runner, has been nominated for National Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2017. Rai is the only nominee form South Asia.
Rai, who hails from remote district of Bhojpur (Eastern Nepal), is one of the nominees among 10, announced by the National Geographic for Adventurer of the Year 2017. National Geographic has selected these heroic personalities as per their achievement in exploration, adventure sports, conservation or humanitarianism.
The online voting system will declare the winner of the prestigious award in January 2017. The online voting for the 2017 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year has already been commenced and will end on December 16, 2016, according to the National Geographic.
A young Nepali girl, who was struggling for her living in the capital city, first got opportunity to race two years ago while jogging at the Shivapuri Nagarjuna National Park.
With the support of Richard Bull, the British co-founder of Kathmandu-based Trail Running Nepal, Rai participated in the international races in Australia and Europe after making a debut at the Kathmandu West Valley Rim 50K in Nepal.
Similarly, Nepal’s Ultra runner Rai had won second place at the Salomon Ultra Pirineu 2015 held in Catalonia, Spain, in September 19, 2015.
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