manikala rai nepali runner

manikala khaling rai ice trail 2014I can’t remember now how Manikala Rai got into running, but it has changed her life. I remember her running on the 2011 Sky Race organised by the French group Les Chevaliers du Vent, pioneers in mountain running in Nepal who’ve always invited one or two girls to join their multistage races. On the first day she was a bit red faced and embarrassed, and towards the finish said something like, “I’m sorry, I don’t know much about this kind of thing.” It was not easy – everybody carried their own equipment, including helmet and crampons to cross a snowy pass some days later. By day 7, running over the 5500m Cho La and into Lobuche, she was a dot in the distance, uncatchable, by me at least. Right now she is spending time in France with her partner while running races and enjoying life there. 

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Running CV

2015 2-AugFranceCourchevel X Trail 54km 4400D+1st
2015 25-JulFrance6000D 64km 4000D+3rd
2015 19-JulFranceFrench Championship Vertical Kilometer 5km 1000D+3rd
2015 21-JunFranceSamoens Trail Tour 18km 1000D+2nd
2015 14/06/2015FranceTrail des Crêtes du Chablais 64km 4900D+1st
2015 07-JunFranceAllingeoise 18.6km 680D+1st
2015 30-MayFranceMaxi Race IAU World Championship 85km 5200D+31th
2015 17-MaySpainZegama Skyrunning european Championship 42km 2700 D+15th
2015 10-MayFranceLes Crètes du Salève 20km 1100D+2nd
2015 04-AprNepalTrail des 3 Vallées 350km 19000D+1st
2015 15-MarFranceTrail du petit Ballon 50km 2000D+4th
2015 21-FebFranceFoullée blanche des Brasses 13km 200D+5th
2015 15-FebFranceBelledone Gelon Trail 26km 1200D+3rd
2014 NovFranceCourse de la colinne2nd
2014 NovFranceCourse des Hermones4th
2014 28-SpetFranceCHampionnat de France7th
2014 21-SpetFranceEcotrail Sommand 20km 1300D1st
2014 14-SeptFranceSerre Che Trail Salomon 48km 4000D2nd
2014 6-SeptFranceLa ventre à Terre 13.5km 1100D2nd
2014 16-AugFranceTrail des Hauts Forts 43km1st
2014 3-AugFranceCourchevel X Trail 54km 4400D2nd
2014 13_JuilFranceIce Trail Tarantaise 65km 5000D7th
2014 24-MayFranceLe petit Savoyard 23km 1300D3rd
2014 11-MayFranceTrail du Saleve 37km 2200D1st
2014 3-MayFranceUltra Trail de L'Ardechois 98 km 4800D2nd
2014 19-AprFranceLes Princes enfoulee 28km 1200D1st
2014 5-AprFranceTrail de Glaisins29km 1600 D3rd
2014 9-MarSwitzerlandDerby Des Bois 9,2km3rd
2014 1-MarNepalAnnapurna 100km 4670D1st
2014 11-JanNepalKathmandu Ultra 50km2nd
2013 15-DecHong KongTNF Hong Kong 100 - 100km 6330D1st 15:37:08
2013 6-NovNepalSolukhumbu trail 223 km 14000D1st
2013 13-OctFranceTrail du massif des brasses 28km 1600D1st
2013 21-SepSwitzerlandHumanitrail 50k3200D1st
2013 17-AugFranceTrail du Barlatay 50k2700D1st
2013 29-JulFranceTrail des aiguilles rouges 50 k 400D3rd
2013 29-MayNepalEverest Tenzing Hilary Marathon 42km2nd
2013 20-AprNepalAnnapurna Mandala trail 190 km-10000D1st
2013 19-MarNepalTrail des 3 Vallée 353km-18780m D1st
2013 24-MarHong KongHong Kong Lantau 51km-2700m D2nd
2013 9-MarNepalAnnapurna race 50km- 2400m + D1st
2013 19-JanHong KongHong Kong Vibram 100km 4500 D4th
2012 6-AprNepalAnnapurna Mandala trail 201 km-10550mD1st
2012NepalAnnapurna 1001st 6:15:10