The teams are back from Spain! Three women and four men competed as teams for Nepal. All finished the race. While the result was not an underdog triumph, we can all be proud of their performance as a landmark in Nepal Trail Running!
The visa application process was not perfect - 4 out of 6 successes, then 5 out of 6... then 4 denied boarding... and finally 5 arrived in Barcelona.
The second rejected visa application was also challenged, and succeeded! Purna Tamang arrived in Spain on Wednesday morning strengthening the men's team to four men.
For this 2018 edition, winners will be awarded the title of Trail World Champion at the 'long' distance for men, women and team. The route is 85.3 km and ↑ 4900m ↓ 3690m.
Entry is open only to runners selected by their national federation or assocation member of the IAU (International Association of Ultrarunners).
Nepal has some world class trail runners. However, they have never been given the chance to run for their country as a team.
The 2018 Trail World Championships taking place in Spain in May will change this, but for this we need your help.
Can we help get Nepal on to the podium!?
Meet the selected athletes below and see if you can help! So far we've raised 20%!
Samir Tamang (Nepal Army). His proudest running moment was coming 2nd in the 119 km TSD race in Chamonix in 2014 (pictured). He's since has won in Australia and Hong Kong.
Tirtha Tamang (Nepal Army) smiles when he runs. He finished 3rd in Ultraks 2016 and was the winner of the first ever UTWT race, HK 100. He's from Bhojpur where Mira Rai hails from.
Bed Sunuwar (Nepal Army). Bed is a powerhouse and run's looking like he is giving everything. He's raced in China and also Hong Kong frequently as "Team Nepal" in the Oxfam Trail Walker.
Purna Tamang (Nepal Army) is the final link in the team and has placed highly in several races in Hong Kong including blitzing the competitive The North Face 100. These four know each other very well - a great team!
Manikala Rai - Now living, working and running races in the French Alps, Manikala has a great running CV and experience to share with Rojina and Chhechee.
Rojina Bhandari (Nepal Army and Karnali Sports Club). She won tough, long races in Switzerland in 2017 and is happy in the medium long distance.
Chhechee Sherpa won the insane 1600 km Great Himal Race in 2017 in around 45 days, and won the Everest Trail Race too against an international field. Strong over long.