World's Youngest Marathon Runner, Budhia Singh, from Odisha, India, has been invited to run in Kapilvastu, Lumbini, Nepal.
Budhia Singh, a newsmaker & a famous name in the Print & Television Media of India, is preparing himself to go to Nepal on 14th of May 2017 to join a team of Marathon Runners there. The team will run in the birth place of Lord Buddha on 15th of May, covering entire ancient Kapilvastu kingdom and heritage sites of Swayambhunath and Boudhanath in Kathmandu. Then, the main team will proceed to Mount Everest, while Budhia will return home to Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India on 17th May 2017.
Mount Everest Marathon (Tenzing Hillary), also known as Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon, registered under Department of Tourism, Government of Nepal, is organizing the Lumbini To Mount Everest Peace Run 2017 that starts on 15th of May in Maya Devi Garden in Lumbini amid dignitaries and monks from monasteries.
This is the second edition of the run. Last year, the Buddha Flame Peace Torch March Run was held in the same venue and covered the same route.
Budhia Singh will be carrying the Buddha Flame Peace Torch in tandem with Nepal's National Runner & Olympian, Baikuntha Manandhar, Limca Book of Records holder & Marathon Man of Sikkim, Amar Subba, and Lumbini Bhairahawa-resident sports-girl, Saha Banu Khan.
The Marathon Runners team will illuminate the Peace Torch at the Eternal Buddha Peace Flame Site at Maya Devi Garden at Lumbini where spiritual Monks, dignitaries and member of International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), Government of India, Cultural Ministry & former Director of Nalanda University, Dr. Ravindra Panth, will bless the Peace Torch.
The team will cover places of historic relevance.
A press conference was held in Kathmandu yesterday on 12th May 2017. Press Trust of India (PTI) was represented by Shri Shirish Pradhan. Details here.
Representatives of Department of Tourism, Government of Nepal have invited me for the event too! I will be travelling with Budhia Singh from Kalinga to Kapilvastu.
More info coming up in subsequent posts...