9 April, Okhaldhunga – Bhim Bahadur Gurung of Gorkha and Humi Budhimagar of Pyuthan won the titles of ‘Pike-Demba Half Marathon’, which was held in Okhaldhunga in an altitude of around 4,200 metres. In the half marathon from Pike of Solukhumbu to Khijifalate of Okhaldhunga, Gurung and Budhamagar clinched the titles towards male and female categories. To win the title, Gurung had crossed the stated distance of 21-km in 1.49 hours while Budhamagar did it in 2.40 hours. Okhaldhunga Tourism Development Committee organised the event to promote tourism in the region through marathon, shared Wangda Sherpa, first vice-president of the Committee. He further said the 21-km-long half marathon took place from 4,200 metres high Pike to 2,500 metres high Khijiphalate. Total 95 female and male athletes from Okhaldhunga, Solukhumbu, Khotang, Bhaktapur and Pyuthan took part in the marathon.