Dear runners, community and friends,
The just concluded Kanchenjunga Marathon 2017 was a huge success. We had a total of 56 participants, a 100 percent increase from our previous edition. From our first edition of 20 local participants this was a huge increase.
This year we witnessed runners from different states of India and internationals. Despite the late launch, we received numerous inquiries from all over the world that have shown keen interest in running one of the toughest marathons. We hope we are able to host them in our 2018 edition. A
total of 10 (ten) women participated in this race from ages 18 -30 years. A 100 percent increase in trail running for Sikkim and women empowerment. Ms. Chandrakala Sharma of Gangtok took the women’s half marathon title and we have now sponsored her in collaboration with the ‘Everest Marathon’ to take part in the 29th May 2018 Everest Marathon.
Having international runners took our marathon to another level. The celebratory function after the race was an even greater success with a total participation of the local community, race participants and visitors from all over the world.
A total of Rs. 495,000 plus Rs. 5,530 (Everest Goodwill Prize) was distributed as cash prizes.
From a total of Rs. 940,900 income generated from participants and sponsors, Rs. 910,381 was utilised with a net balance of Rs. 30,510. A total of Rs. 445,900 was injected into the domestic economy and an additional Rs. 150,000 (approx.) by participants.
Beneficiaries were transportation entrepreneurs from West Bengal and Sikkim, hoteliers and Home Stays of Yuksom, Restaurants, Shop owners, tea stalls, grocery stalls, porters, pack animal owners, national park, print media entrepreneurs, etc.
Himalayan trail running organiser Mr. Bikram Pandey Kaji of the Everest Marathon and Peace marathon – Lumbini Marathon has also evinced great interest in our marathon and we look to promoting our entire Himalayan trail running in tandem.
A special “Everest Marathon – Good Will’ prize was sponsored by the Everest marathon Committee and a similar “Kanchenjunga Marathon – Good Will” prize will be sponsored by the Kanchenjunga Marathon at the Nepal marathon.
Race results are up and so are photographs on all stages of the race and more will soon be uploaded in our website gallery and facebook page. Check it out at www.facebook.com/kanchenjungamarathon
We will also soon be launching the ‘Gangtok Road Runners’ series of marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K runs shortly. This is a fun run and more accessible to all. Thank you all runners, friends and sponsors for your contribution. Stay tuned for more updates on this.
Our deepest thanks to all our sponsors without which this event would not have been possible and we look forward to your continued support.
Thanks all and keep running!
Kunzang Gyatso (Everester)
The Kanchenjunga Marathon
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