Tamu Dhee Nepal’s Open Road Race Competition sponsored by Tamu Samaj UK.
Every year, Tamu Dhee Nepal hosts a week of programmes to celebrate the festive occasion of Lhochhar/Lhosar. Among the many events that are held during the week to mark the year of the bird (Chya Lhochhar/Lhosar), the most popular event is the open road race competition which was sponsored by Tamu Samaj UK this year.
The running event was divided into four categories and were all held on 29th December 2016. Winners of each category received seven thousand rupees, with second place runners receiving five thousand rupees and three thousand rupees for third place. The winners were also awarded with medals and certificate. Both prize money and medals handed out were sponsored by Tamu Samaj UK. The prizes were given by chief guest SP Ghanashyam Aryal (Kashki District Police Chief), Mrs Karma Gurung (Tamu Dhee Nepal chairperson) and Tamu Samaj UK’s Nepal representative Major Laxmi Prasad Gurung.
The 10 Kilometre distance open road race competition winner was Rajendra Neupane from Sankhuwasava, who completed the race in 32 minutes and 36 seconds. Second place was awarded to Mr Kiran Sing Bogati from Kailali with a race time of 32 minutes and 58 seconds and third place went to Mr Bikram Bhujel from Chorepatan, Pokhara with a completion time of 33 minutes and 16 seconds.
The Ladies 5 Kilometre distance road race competition was won by Ms Sajita Tamang from Dhading who finished with a time of 18 minutes and 58 seconds. Ms Buddhi Tamu from Haljebhai Tamu Samaj Dhikur Pokhari came second with a completion time of 19 minutes and 35 seconds while Ms Anusha Adhikari from Hyamja came third with a race time of 19 minutes and 57 seconds.
The Veteran 5 Kilometre distance open road race competition for participants over the age of 45 years olds was won by Mr Krishna Bahadur Gurung from Himali Gurung family with a race time of 21 minutes and 54 seconds. Subedar Jit Bahaudr Gurung from Kolmabahakot Samaj was second with a race time of 22 minutes and 46 seconds while third place was awarded to Mr Dammar Jang Gurung with a race completion time of 22 minutes and 55 seconds.
In the 5 Kilometre distance team event race, Hilmali Gurung pariwar completed the race as 1st place winners. 2nd place went to Dut Pokhari Tamu Samaj while Char bhangjyang Tamu Samaj came in at 3rd place.
The 10 Kilometre distance race event was started from Pokhara Nayabajar and ended at Tamu Dhee Nepal’s office compound. The race route went through several well recognised locations such as Lhakhan Chok Airport, Mustang chok, Tamu Hula chok, Sirjana chok, new road, B P chok chiple dhunga, Bhimsen chok Mahendra pul and Naya Bajar. The route for the 5 Kilometre race started and ended at the same place as the 10 Kilometre event but was along a shorter route.
This popular event was started by Chief guest SP Ghanashyam Aryal (Kashki District Police Chief). His opening speech highlighted Tamu Dhee Nepal as an established organisation that has provided many contributions to the Nation. He later goes on to congratulate all the prize winners and thanks Tamu Samaj UK for sponsoring the race events.
The programme was chaired by Tamu Dhee Nepal’s Chairperson while the co-ordination of the event was handled by Mr. Giri Prasad Tamu (General Secretary. Special thanks to Mechi Special CTC Tea who provided t-shirts and tea as well as Mrs Karma Gurung (Chairperson for Tamu Dhee Nepal) who sponsored the buffet for the event.
Article by Hum Tamu : Translated into English.