News just in that Annapurna will get a new marathon from the organizer of the Everest Marathon, Bikram Pandey. According to the Kathmandu Post’s article about the forthcoming Everest marathon:

Pandey also announced that Annapurna Marathon will be launched to celebrate Nepal Tourism Year 2011. The marathon will be held on June 3, the day when Murice(sic) Herzog became first person to ascent(sic) a mountain above 8000m. The marathon will be known with two names — Annapurna Maurice Herzog Marathon and Annapurna Harka Bahadur Gurung Marathon as Mr. Herzog is still living a healthy life while Mr Gurung is not among us anymore. Mr. Gurung was Nepal’s first tourism minister. Later the name of the marathon will be merged to find a single suitable name...

Presumably the merge will result in the ‘Annapurna Maurice Herzog Harka Bahadur Gurung Marathon’. Watch this space for more details.

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