Buddha Lumbini Peace Marathon
Race date: February 22, 2018 — Full Moon Day
Entry Fee: $100 per person
- 3 km – for students
- 7.777 km – Celebrity Category for media and high profile runners
- 21 km (Half Marathon) – Men/Women
- 42 km (Marathon) – Men/Women
Lumbini was the birthplace of Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism. This seven day trip begins with sightseeing in Kathmandu and Lumbini, and culminates with a marathon in and around Buddha’s hometown, highlighting important Buddhist sites such as Kapilvastu Tilaurakot, Kudan, Sagrahawa, Ramgram, Devdaha and Mayadevi Temple. The race ends in Lumbini.
Located along the southwest border near India, Lumbini and its greater region is of considerable religious and historic significance. It’s an extremely popular destination for those interested in Buddhism and the Enlightened One. Since this trip is shorter in length and without the extreme altitudes of our other events, it’s of particular appeal to those looking to integrate a marathon into their vacation to the area.
Fascinated and impressed by the success of Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon 2011, His Excellency Maris Sangiampongsa, the honorable Ambassador of Thailand to Nepal who graced the event as the Chief Guest, proposed that a marathon with a Buddhist theme be launched in 2012 to celebrate Lumbini of Nepal, the birth place of Lord Buddha, that connects all important steps of Buddha’s life.
A thematic Spiritual Marathon like this Lumbini Peace Marathon following the footsteps of Lord Buddha to his birthplace in Lumbini & Tilarurakot Palace of his hometown Kapilvastu will give participants a chance to experience a bit of spiritual enlightenment that a traditional athletic marathon lacks.
It will be a fitting event for peace loving people around the globe to visit Lumbini and take part in this Buddha Peace Marathon.
Day 1: Arrive to Kathmandu from your international flight. Spend the afternoon walking around Thamel, later that evening you’ll enjoy a Nepali dinner with local folk dances.
Day 2: Breakfast in the hotel, then sightseeing tours to Bodhnath and Monkey Temple (Swyombhunath) with the watchful eyes guarding the health and happiness of Kathmandu residents. Lunch in the restaurant, and an afternoon tour of Bhaktapur followed by a drive to the high ridges of Kathmandu Valley known as Nagarkot, to catch a glimpse of the mighty Himalaya to the east, while overlooking the valley of Kathmandu to the west.
Day 3: After breakfast in the hotel, we’ll drive to airport to connect flight to Bhairahawa, arrive in Bhairahawa and continue drive to Lumbini (40 minutes). Afternoon tour of Maya Devi Temple where Lord Buddha were born 2557 years earlier. Evening walk around the Maya Devi garden.
Day 4: A morning visit to Ram Gram, where Buddha’s remains are buried under the mould. After lunch visit of different Monasteries and Peace Flame within Lumbini.
Day 5: Early breakfast and drive toward Kapilvastu to visit Tilaurakot, the palace of Gautam Buddha & King Suddhodhana. Survey the Marathon starting point. Return to Kudan where Buddha gave Buddhist Religion to his son & brother. Visit Gotihawa where Kukramani Buddha is believed to have born. Visit Niglihawa where Ashokan Pillars are protected.
Day 6: Lumbini Peace Marathon! Early breakfast and drive to Tilaurakot, the ancient Kapilvastu Palace to prepare for the world’s first Lumbini Peace Marathon. Race start time- 8 am, following a course to the Maya Devi Garden, covering a distance of 42.195km (Olympic Standard marathon). Arrive to the finish line at Lumbini Garden. Cutoff time is 6pm. Dinner at hotel.
Day 7: Drive to Bhairahawa Airport. Return to Kathmandu. Rest of the programme
on your own. Depart Kathmandu by Evening Flight.