Mira Rai Wins National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Award
Nepal’s trail runner Mira Rai has won the 2017 National Geographic’s Adventurer of the year Award. The global media house announced the award, introducing her as, “Mira Rai once hauled rice sacks through the Himalaya. Now she wins international trail races and inspires young Nepali women.”
Mira,29, had begun her sports career just two years ago, when she won the Kathmandu West Valley Rim 50K.
“As a girl, I would constantly be told to know my place, suppress my voice, and act in a certain manner,” Rai said in an interview with the National Geographic, “For me, breaking free from these traditions itself was a big dream.”
“Today the running world recognises her as a high-elevation trail racing phenom. And she is on a mission to help both women and men of Nepal through sports,” the report announcing the award read, “As part of that mission, while recovering from knee surgery last October, she organised a race in her home village.”