Nepal’s Trail runner Mira Rai has been nominated for National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year Award. She will fight with nine others from the exploration, adventure sports, conservation and humanitarian sectors for the people’s choice award that will be announced in January.
Mira Rai from hilly district Bhojpur of Nepal will compete against park Protectors Pete McBride and Kevin Fedarko, rock climber Ashima Shiraishi, Cave Diver Krzysztof Starnawski, celestial circumnavigators Hokule’a Team, ocean advocate Shannon Switzer Swanson, kayaker Semit Lee, paraglider Antoine Girard, wilderness defender Kristine McDivitt Tompkins and mountaineer Colin Haley.
Online voting for the People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year 2017 is open till the month of December 16, 2016. CLICK HERE TO VOTE MIRA RAI. The winner will be announced in January 2017.
Rai has won several international trail running events and narrowly missed out on the Ultra Sky Marathon World Series Championship in Europe. Rai wins her first international race at the Sellaronda Trail Running in the Dolomites in 2014 and secured second place in the Sky running World Championships award in 2015.
In an interview with Nat Geo, she said: “So many people believed in me and took chances and I want to give back so others can have a chance.”
Last year, Nepal’s Pasang Lhamu Sherpa has won the National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year.