Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) successfully organized third edition of TAAN International Langtang Marathon on May 19, 2018 with the theme of “Adventure Sports for Sustainable Tourism in Nepal”. Held under men’s and women’s categories, the marathon was participated by 56 runners including 5 foreigners.
The winner of the third TAAN International Langtang Marathon in Men's category was Khagendra Bhat from Nepal Army who completed the race in 3 hour 49 minute & 27 sec. While Nirkala Kulung Rai from Solukhumbu came out in the top position in the women’s category. Bharat Khatri and Subash Karki held the second and third place in men's and Purnu Maya Rai and Sarita Basi in women's respectively. The winners received a cash prize of NRs. 105,000, followed by NRs. 78750 and NRs. 52500 for the second and third place.
Mr. Rabindra Adhikari , Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, inaugurated the event in the presence of locals of Langtang, national park officials and executive members of TAAN. The annual event which started in 2016 has been promoted by Nepal Tourism Board.
According to TAAN's President Mr. Nava Raj Dahal, the event has been successful and effective in disseminating the message that Langtang region is safe and once again open for trekking and tourism. "TAAN is helping promote marathon as a new tourism product in the region as well as increase knowledge and awareness in the conservation of local biodiversity, rare flora and fauna."
The marathon covers a distance of 42.195 kilometers. The route started off at Kyanjin Gompa and ended at Syabrubensi passing through Godha Tabela, Lama Hotel- Rimche, Sherpagaon and Khangjim. Kyanjin Gompa is monastery situated at an altitude of 3870 meter from where the astonishing views Langtang peaks and glaciers.
The major objective of TAAN International Langtang Marathon is to promote Nepal as one of the major destinations for sports tourism in global map, to develop an international standard sporting event in the country, to conserve flora and fauna of Langtang National Park and to conserve the rare and elusive Red Panda found within this enchanting woodland.