Mira rai winning chamonix mont blanc marathon


Mira Rai is a trail runner from Nepal specialising in ultra distance mountain races. She is part of the Salomon Trail Running Team. Read more about Mira on the site for her short visual biography film: www.miraraifilm.com.

Salomon running


This page was written in April 2014 when a small fund was set up to support female runners after meeting Mira who, completely unprepared, ran and won a hard 50km trail race.

Mira was then written about here.

She wanted to run and be successful. Before she was focusing on track events, but we persuaded her to try trail running, and she has not looked back. Many people donated to a Women’s/Girls’ Running Fund to help that happen.

After her first trail race, she went on to win the Mustang Trail Race in April 2014. There she met Tite Togni, and after some months, a plan was made to send Mira to Italy. There she won two races, and you can see the rest of her running CV below.

Plans for 2016

Plans being worked out

Mira Rai Film

Watch full film trailer: https://youtu.be/2PkoYwnSoFU

Posted by Mira Rai on Friday, 2 October 2015

Below too you can find links to interviews in the media. This immediately below is an early interview with Mira, before leaving for Italy.

Sarah Ryan – from  Trail Running magazine (UK) recently asked Mira some questions:

  1. Why do you love trail running? I grew up in a remote village and walking on trails, collecting fodder for animals, or wood, or to walk to friends houses and school was normal. To collect water was 30 mins straight downhill and more coming back up. When I was younger, there were no shops. My mum had to walk for two days to get salt and other basic things. She needed someone to go with her so I went with her. I recently found there was a sport like this, running on trails like I did at home – wow! So trail running is like home for me, it’s natural.
  2. How does it make you feel? Really good. I like being in nature and trying to do my best. I’m learning and improving and enjoy the challenge and hard work.
  3. + 4. How have things changed for you since the sponsored started? What is your trail running ambition? Life is short, I want to do something good and earn a name for girls in this country, and hopefully race internationally so people will know about Nepal. Since I was small, I wanted to be in sports and reach national level. Before sponsorship I had no opportunities. Now my confidence gone up a lot and I can work on doing my best.

Photos from various sources. Please contact the photographers for permission to use. For HK images: lloyd@lloydbelchervisuals.com, for Salomon images: jordi@saragossa.cat. 2014 images from italy courtesy of http://www.pegasomedia.it/. For all others, please contact via this site.

Running CV

2017 16.09UKBen Nevis Ultra 120 km1st (14:24:08)
2016 07.05SpainTransvulcania8th (9:02:50)
2016 30.04United Kingdom3 Peaks Race2nd
2015 19.09SpainUltra Pirineu2nd
2015 02.07NorwayTromso Skyrace 45km2nd
2015 19.07ItalyDolomites Skyrace 22km13th
2015 04.07ItalyBarro Sky Night 18km1st
2015 26.04FranceMont-Blanc 80KM1st (new record)
2015 12.04AustraliaBuffalo Stampede Skyrunning 42km3rd (42km 4:52)
2015 21.03NepalHimalayan Outdoor Festival 50km1st
2015 07.02Hong KongMSIG HK50 Sai Kung - Asia Skyrunning Championship 50km1st
2015 01.02Hong KongKing of the Hills1st
2015 03.01NepalThe North Face Kathmandu Ultra 50km1st
2014 07.12Hong KongMSIG Lantau 50 - HK 50 Series 50km2nd
2014 05.12Hong KongHK MSIG Vertical Kilometer1st
2014 28.11Hong KongKOTH2nd (lost!)
2014 8.10NepalManaslu Trail Race1st
2014 26.10Hong KongMSIG HK 50km1st (5:30:32 5th overall)
2014 28.09ItalyTrail Degli Eroi (83km)1st (9:16)
2014 13.09ItalySellaronda Trail Race (57km)1st (6:36:30)
2014 21.04NepalMustang Trail Race1st
2014 23.03NepalHimalayan Outdoor Festival 50km1st