With the slogan “Lets Run Together for Environment’ the 1st HISSAN Marathon took place on 22nd Jestha 2080 in Kathmandu Organized by Higher Institutions & Secondary Schools’ Association Nepal (HISSAN) District Committee of Kathmandu.
About 300 college students from different 29 colleges participated in the marathon race. Marathon Race was organized on ‘Environment Day’ to convey the message of green city and green country.
The marathon started from Trade Tower in Thapathali, the central office of HISSAN, and traversed through Maitighar Mandala, New Baneshwar, and Minbhawan (Civil Hospital), and returned via the same route to the starting point.
Bikesh Gimire from the boys’ category, won the HISSAN Marathon whereas he was followed by Binaya Rai and Nakul Gharti in the second and third position. All are from Pinnacle Academy. Laxman Tamang from Kathmandu College of Central State, Manoj Tamang from Venus National College and Amit Bohara from Joseph School achieved 4th, 5th and 6th position holders.
Likewise, Ridaya Rai from Jaya Multiple Campus won the girls’ category marathon race. Asmita Tamang from Venus National College, finished second, followed by Suklamo Tamang from Kathmandu College of Central State in the third position.
Pabitra Giri from Kathmandu College of Central State finished fourth, followed by Asmita Rai from St. Lawrence College in the fifth position and Chadani Bista from Jubilant College in the sixth position.
The first-placed, second-placed, and second-placed runners of both categories were rewarded with Rs15,000, Rs10,000, and Rs5,000 each respectively. Fourth, fifth and sixth position holders from both category boys and girls also received Rs 3,000 each.
Youth and Sports Minister Dig Bahadur Limbu had graced the HISSAN Marathon Race chaired by Shiva Adhikari, the President of HISSAN Kathmandu. He expressed the opinion that such programs should be expanded to other levels, saying that sports will help students to test their abilities and bring out their inherent talent. He said that sports are an important way to promote the country and emphasized that young students should pay attention to professional sports life. He said that sports are mandatory in education and that every educational institution should emphasize sports and the Ministry of Youth and Sports will help in this. In another context, he said that the main work of the students is to study, and they should pay attention to other things as well. He also emphasized that students should be prepared for the next generation as they are the manpower to take charge of the country.
The program was hosted by HISSAN Kathmandu Secretary Gopiraj Parajuli. Finally, Shiva Prasad Adhikari thanked all the students who participated in the open marathon and said that they will engage the students again in various sports and other creative activities.
The presence of Senior HISSANians including HISSAN Senior Vice President, Yuvraj Sharma, HISSAN Vice President, Dr. Swagat Shrestha, HISSAN Vice President Ram Hari Silwal and HISSAN Bagmati President Bhawani Prasad Paudel had made the program successful and enjoyable. Officials of Central HISSAN, Province and Kathmandu District were also present in the program.