Athletes #RUN4SDGs at 11th Kathmandu MarathonSep 17, 2017
The 11th Kathmandu Marathon brought together a diverse group of athletes to #Run4SDGs. The event was held in partnership with UNDP, among other UN agencies, in recognition of the role of sport in promoting many of the cornerstones of the Sustainable Development Goals
The Global Goals Week got off to a flying start in Nepal with the Kathmandu Marathon, which brought together a diverse group of athletes under the theme “#RUN4SDGs”. The event was held by ProSports, in partnership with UNDP Nepal, among other UN agencies like the UN Refugee Agency and the International Labour Organization, and recognized the role of sport in promoting many of the cornerstones of the Sustainable Development Goals—such as better health and well-being, social cohesion and inclusion.
Participants competed across four categories—the full marathon (42.195K), half-marathon (21.097K), a 5K race and, most notably, a 3K wheelchair race, geared at athletes with disabilities. Gopi Chandra Parki and Sarita Basi took top prizes as first man and woman taking the full route, while Ram Bahadur Tamang and Lali Tamang similarly triumphed in the wheelchair event. Among the adult runners were also a host of bright young school-goers who ran the 5 K route.
Parki, who has participated in a number of previous iterations of the marathon, said he was thankful that the organizers had made the effort to include the wheelchair race so as to not exclude people like him with disabilities. Adding to this, Sarita Thulung, another participant, expressed her gratitude, saying that it was particularly encouraging to see the focus on women at the event.
Handing out the prizes and congratulating the winners, Deputy Country Director of UNDP in Nepal, Sophie Kemkhadze said she was very pleased to have been part of such an inclusive event, one that so clearly embodied the principle of “leave no one behind”, and added that the partnership had offered a “great opportunity to reach out to even more people with the message of the sustainable development agenda.”
LIST OF WINNERS:
Full marathon: Men: Gopi Chandra Parki | Women: Sarita Basi
Half-marathon: Men: Krishna Basnet | Women: Bishwa Rupa Budha
5K Open: Men: Ajit Yadav | Women: Fulmati Rana
5K School: Boys: Subash Thapa | Girls: Humi Budha Magar
Wheelchair: Men: Ram Bahadur Tamang | Women: Lali Tamang
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