With the motto "United, We Stand-Come Stand With Us", Nepalese Army (NA) organised the "COAS Open Marathon-2017" on the occasion of Shivaratri and "Army Day 2073" at Army ground, Tundikhel on February 11, 2017. The open marathon, the second of its kind, was organized with a motive to improve the civil-military relations and also to contribute for the development of the overall sports sector.
The competition included the events of Full Marathon (42.195 km, Male), Half Marathon (21 km, Male and Female), 10 km (Foreign Diplomats and NA Officers, Male and Female), 5 km (Students, Male and Female) and 5 km Walkathon (senior government officials).
Bhumiraj Rai of Nepal Police won the Full Marathon while Krishna Basnet and Rajan Khatri of NA secured the second and third Positions respectively. In the male half marathon, Kalyan Baniya, Ramji Basnet and Rajkumar Bista all fron NA secured first, second and third positions. Similarly, in female half marathon event, Bishworupa Buda and Sanumaya Karki of NA clinched first and second positions respectively while Puspa Bhandari of APF became third.
Likewise, in the 10 km race (foreign Military Attaches / Diplomats) , Mr Justin Geesing (USA), Mr Mike Reed (USA) and Lt Col Gregory D. Pipes (USA) snatched first, second and third positions respectively.
In the 10 km race for Army officers, Lt. Rohan Shrestha, Capt. Subash Lama and Lt. Suman Pandey grabbed first, second and third positions respectively while in female category Lt. Shrutee Kunwar, Lt. Rekha Adhikary and Lt. Laxmi Lama won the first, second and third positions respectively.
Similarly, in the 5 km race for students, Suresh Thapa Magar and Sagar Shrestha of Sainik Awashiya Mahabidhyalaya stood first and second respectively while Krishna Alemagar of Samjhana Academy stood thirt. In female category, Sangita khadka of Bijeshwori Gyan Mandir stood first, Kajol Bista became second and Sujata Darlami of Bijeshwori Gyan Mandir became third .
In the senior level Walkathon, the senior officials of Nepalese Army, Armed Police Force, Nepal Police and Civil Service along with athletes and players took part.
At the end, COAS Gen Chhetri also felicitated the former athletes of NA for their devotion and notable contribution to the sports. The award winners were Honorary Lieutenant Asharam Chaudhary (Retd.), WOI Gyan Bahadur Bohara (Retd.), WOII Damber Kunwar (Retd.), Sgt. Arjun Pandit (Retd.), Sgt. Krishna Basnet (Retd.), Cpl Sitaram Shahi (Retd.) and Cpl Laxman Basnet (Retd.)
Present on the occasion were, Chief Secretary Somlal Subedi, Secretary of various Ministries, Chairman of Nepal Olympic Committee, Member Secretary of National Sports Council, heads of other security agencies, generals of NA, high ranking officials from government offices, high ranking officers from various security agencies, officers and other ranks of NA, students along with the media persons and enthusiastic sports lovers.