This was a very fun morning. Around 50 children of varying ages lined up – in one very very wide line – to start a one kilometer race. One kilometer but at 3500m/10,000ft of altitude! The participants of the 2013 Manaslu Trail Race lined the course to support the runners.
Why the race?
“Fun!” says the race director some seven or eight times. He’s just been dragged out of bed and put in front of the camera after a very late night and is not thinking too sharply.
But it was and had no grander aim than that. As you can see from the screenshot below, I can count at least five toothy smiles. It was a distraction and a chance to do something new. It also showed a little what we foreign runners are about, and why we do what we do. Compare our clothing (referred to as “alien” in the video!) to the traditional locally handmade woolen clothing. Holding the race and having the presentation ceremony at the end involved the village in our sport, and it was fun!
The children’s race was a great diversion from our own racing. Shortly after it was over, stage five continued from the turquoise lake featured in the video to the next village.
Click below to find out more about the Manaslu Trail Race in November 2014.