Mira Rai, Skyrunner.

Photo credit – Lloyd Belcher Visuals

One of trail running’s fast rising stars is the lovely Mira Rai from Nepal. Lloyd Belcher, talented photographer, videographer and beast runner in his own right, is putting together young Mira’s story. And knowing the kind of work Lloyd does, it’ll be one that we can’t wait to see.

From the website:

Mira Rai is a young woman from a remote village in Nepal who had dreamed of being successful in sport. She eventually travelled the long distance to Kathmandu to try her luck. Out of money, she was about to return home to her village, when by chance on a morning run, she finds out about a running race in the local hills from another runner. She wins it and soon begins to realise her tough mountain village upbringing has prepared her perfectly for this sport.
Mira Rai’s is story of hidden sporting talent stumbled upon by chance, and an opportunity to shine seized with both hands.

This short, colourful documentary, mixes scenes from Hong Kong, Nepal, and tells the story of Mira’s speedy rise in the world of mountain running.
Photo credit – Lloyd Belcher Visuals
Mira’s story

From a tiny hilltop village in Eastern Nepal, like most girls in Nepal, Mira’s young life was very active: walking to school, doing farm work, hauling water from the bottom of the hill, walking days to the market and returning with a heavy load.

Mira dropped out of school at 14 and joined Maoist rebels for two years, effectively becoming a child soldier. (South China Morning Post.)

Years later, Mira travelled to Kathmandu to try for success in road & track running.

Told with her bubbly, charming character and ready smile, we learn how, by chance she discovered the sport of trail and endurance running in the hills around Kathmandu, and realised that her daily life growing up – carrying water up to her village, and carry rice for seven hours to market – had prepared her for a little bit of success.

‘Mira had neither run more than 21km before, nor even knew that there was a sport called ‘trail running’ before entering this 50km race’. – Richard Bull, Race Organiser

With a little help, within six months Mira begins to win numerous races from Italy to Hong Kong taking on runners of international repute.

‘She good, strong, very strong. She will do well in future. She has a bright, fast future ahead of her’ – Stevie Kremer (Skyrunner® World Series Champion) speaking after the MSIG 50km Lantau Hong Kong Dec 2015.

After 11 months, she wins the Asia Skyrunning Championship race in Hong Kong.

She is going to shake up the global trail running community with her climbing speed!
Marcus Warner, President of A&NZ Skyrunning Association (Feb 2015).

She’s a beast,” – Luke Nelson of the Patagonia team’s description of her climbing power.

Have a look at http://www.miraraifilm.com/ to read the full story, and learn how you can make a difference. 

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