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Kathmandu Pinkathon on February 23

- Sports Bureau, Kathmandu

Jan 12, 2019-

The third edition of Kathmandu Pinkathon, a franchise running event organised to raise awareness and encourage women to adopt an active lifestyle, is set for February 23.

Leisure Port Nepal Pvt Ltd, the franchise holder in Nepal, announced the date of the event during a press conference in Kathmandu on Friday. While the venue of the event has not been fixed, Leisure Port Nepal Managing Director Namraj Joshi said they were expecting participation of at least 5,000 women from all walks of life.

“We will update about the venue in about a week in our official website and continue to include the number of participants since the registration has already been opened,” said Joshi adding the event doesn’t require approval from the Nepal Athletics Association (NAA).

 

The event will be held across three categories—21km half marathon, 10km and 5km. The top three finishers in the half marathon will get Rs 51,000, Rs 31,000 and Rs 21,000. The podium finishers in the 10km event will get Rs 31,000, Rs 21,000 and Rs 11,000 and the winner of 5km will get Rs 11,000. Athlete breaking the national record will get Rs 1,000 per second from the time she breaks the record.

 

Raghu Raj Onta, the event co-ordinator, said the organisers are initiating to get the national records registered under NAA. “The NAA might not register any new record because we have not sought permission from them but we are requesting them to give an approval,” said Onta.

 

Kanchi Maya Koju is the two-time defending champion of the 21km half marathon and will be attempting for a three-peat. Pinkathon was founded by Indian model, actor, film producer and fitness promoter Milind Soman. It is claimed to be India’s biggest women’s run and is currently held across eight cities in India. Soman said its more than a running event. “Its not merely a race. It is something that emphasises on women’s empowerment and gives a message that a family and society needs to stay healthy,” said Soman during the press conference.

Published: 12-01-2019 09:47

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