The first edition of Tansen Ultra was successfully held from December 26- 29,2015 in Tansen, Palpa.
Over 60 athletes from around the world, took part in three distinct races – Urban Downhill (DH), Urban Cross-country (XC) and half marathon trail running (21 k) – over the four day event. Jointly organized By Gnarly and Dharohar Adventures, the event saw an unprecedented turnout of more than 10,000 spectators made up of locals and enthusiasts from Kathmandu, Pokhara and Butwal.
The running route took athletes from Tansen bazaar to Rani Mahal and back, while the XC trail looped within the main town. DH on the other hand started from Shreenagar tower and following the woods entered the urban section.
National champion and five times Yak Attack winner Ajay Pandit Chettri who secured second position at the Urban XC race in Elite category said, “This was my first ever 100% urban style XC race. The trails were awesome and the crowd showed tremendous support to the athletes.”
Rajesh Magar winner of Downhill Elite chimed, “The trails were thrilling and definitely challenging, but I had been training well and glad to not have made any mistakes on the high speed trail, especially the rock section.”
Owing to the success of this year’s event and incredible local support, Race Director Shyam Limbu of Gnarly hinted at the possibility of hosting more races in the town. The organizers hope to build on the success of this year’s event and make the 2016 edition of Tansen Ultra ‘an even bigger and international affair’.
Some highlights from the event in pictures :
You can learn more about the race and results in the link below: