NRN Marathon set to take off in big way

Kathmandu, September 30:

Springwood-NRN Kathmandu International Marathon Tournament is in its final phase of preparations. According to the organisers Nepal Marathon Pvt Ltd, the October 6 mega event is all set to set off.

The race measuring 42.195km will start from Tripureshwor and passes through the two other cities — Lalitpur and Bhaktapur — of Kathmandu Valley before culminating at the Dasharath Stadium.

Malaysia’s marathon expert Morek Grace completed the measurement of the route on September 2. The organisers, who aims to field 10,000 athletes, have readied 500 volunteers to manage the event.

Race director and athletics expert Diwakar Lal Amatya says the volunteers will stand in every two and half kilometres. “We will mobilise volunteers in every 2.5km distance, called Water Point, and will accompanied by a separate medical team. We will also have volunteers for time-keeping along with monitoring chest-number for eight different events,” amatya added.

One of the significant aspects of the marathon is the use of cameras to closely monitor the participants in order to make sure nobody escapes the fixed distance. The marathon starts at 6am followed by 5km, 10km and Half Marathon. Business marathon is another feature of the event. The organisers have picked up the volunteers from different walks of life. Volunteers include NSC coaches, athletics officials, professors, Nepali Army officials and police representatives among others.