This year was the first Fishtail Race with a 100 km distance! This “ultra marathon” version of the regular Fishtail Race with marathon and shorter distances had a total of 19 participants in the 50 km category and 7 participants in the very challenging 100 km category (4 male, 3 female) from 6 different countries.
The race is organised by Jagan Timilsina (see profile) and his Himalayan Trail Running team. Jagan is a veteran of racing, race directing and organising, and previously worked on the Annapurna 100 race in this area. The team has become one of the most professional organisers in Nepal with a dedicated race team.
The race started at 5:30 am from Ghachowk and followed a challenging course through Hile Kharka, Kumai, Korchan, Meshroom, Purumdhum, Saidhighatta, Sidding, Low Camp, Forest Camp, Suire Kharka, and Dhampus (50K finish), Austrian Camp, Kande, Bhadaure, Panchase, Bhumdi, Pumdi, Sutpa, Ranibon, Damsite, and Lakeside (100 km finish).
The winners of the 50 km category:
- Mr. Arjun Kulung Rai (9:11:16),
- Mr. Man Kumar Roka Magar (10:03:06), and
- Mr. Niroj Bhatta Chhetri (10:06:41)
- Ms. Anita Rai (11:46:23),
- Ms. Anita Rai (B) (12:13:28), and
- Ms. Aigul Москва Ganieva (14:21:36)
All demonstrated their exceptional endurance and dedication.
The 100 km winners:
Mr. Ashok Baram, for completing the race in 20:10:55 and Mr. Bhumiraj Roka for coming in second at 27:58:13.
The race was made possible by full cooperation from Machhapuchhre Rural Municipality, Gandaki Province and the Province Sports Council, all of the many hotels and tea houses along the route, as well as the villagers, local authorities, volunteers and supporters.