The World Number 2 in Ultra Skyrunner World Series Championship, Miss Mira Rai from Nepal, was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and a thaili containing £5000 in recognition for her Outstanding Achievements in the field of long distance running today.
World Number 2 Ultra Skyrunner
Kirat Rai Yayokkha UK together with Sagarmatha Taikwondo Dojang, Nepalese Youth Organisation, Zen Martial Arts Academy and Bhojpur Welfare Society organized this event, which took place at Harvey Grammar School at Folkestone in UK.
"Mira’s feats are unusual because she was brought up in a small and impoverished village in Bhojpur in Nepal with no facilities or training for what she has achieved unlike other world-class marathoners", said Master Rastra Rai, who is the Vice President of Sagarmatha Taekondo Dojang.
Born to Mr Sukha Bahadur Rai and Mrs Pampha Rani Rai from Bhojpur, Mira is the eldest of five children and her childhood wasn’t, as we would imagine the World Number 2 in Ultra Skyrunner World Series Championship to have had. “I helped my mother with the household chores and took care of my younger siblings” said Mira when asked about her childhood. She left school at the tender age of 12 and sold rice to support her family. “I used to carry up to 28 kilograms of rice and sell it everyday”, says Mira. “I worked from seven in the morning to four in the evening”.
However, being the optimist that she is, she recollects those days not as her days of hardships, but as being the days of her training for the long distances she loves to run today.
In the early 2000s, Nepal saw a huge shift in the political dynamics of the country, which lead to the end of monarchy in 2006. When this happened, life fell apart and living became difficult for many, especially in the villages where young boys and girls joined the rebel fighters to make ends meet. Mira was one among them. "I saw this as an opportunity to earn a living and left home to join the Maoist party", recollects Mira. She lived in the jungles for two years, where she was trained to use the weapons of war; quite fortunately she also received some defensive trainings like karate, taekwondo and running.
Mira returned home after those two years with a aspiration to evolve in karate and taekwondo and her next move was thus to Kathmandu to strive for her dreams. But destiny had other plans for her!
With not much cash in hand to further her dreams to become a professional karate and taekwondo player, she met a few personnel from the Nepal Army while running aimlessly on the roads of Shivapuri National Park one day. After running together for sometime, the gentlemen, who happened to be her blessings in disguise, asked her to come to the entrance of the Park in the next couple of days.
She went there and ran without the knowledge that she was competing in the 50km marathon race, where she came first. She ran without food and water for seven long hours and it was the very same day when heaven had decided to open. The race, which she thought was a training session, molded her career; a career that has taken her to many parts of the world like Honk Kong, Italy, France, Spain and Australia among other.
The film - Mira Rai
Mira appears to be innocent and bubbly and wear a smile on her face at all times. She has been described as “a person with great physical ability and mental strength” by Ultra Runner and Author, Lizzi Hawker, in the film Mira Rai.
She gives out a message that opportunities are to be taken and not missed, as there is but one life, which needs to be nourished.
"Our achievement are nothing compared to what Mira has achieved in a very short span of time", said the programme host Sarala Thapa. "She's an inspiration and our Global Hero." Her life, which entails her dedication and her achievements, has become a message in itself to not just the women but also men who have the passion and drive to reach their goals.
The film, Mira Rai, showcases the various transitions in Mira's life - it unfurls her story from the time when she was a young village girl who later joined the rebel fighters out of desperation to how destiny and unmatched opportunities led her to become the World Number 2 in Ultra Skyrunner World Series Championship.
Mira has won many accolades at International Ultra Marathon competitions for Nepal and holds several World Records. She clocked on her latest world record of 12 hours 32 minutes and 12 seconds in the Mont-Blanc 80km race on 26 June 2015 in France.
Mira came second in the Three Peaks Race which took place in Yorkshire in the UK on Saturday, 30 April 2016. She will be participating in the upcoming Salomon Run in Spain next week.