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Tue 16 Jul 2019

Nepal Impact 2019 to be led by an all-female race director team

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As Nepal Impact heads into it’s 4th year, we are excited to reveal our Race Delivery Team that will build on the amazing work of all that have gone before and deliver an outstanding event. 


Our Impact teams are broken down into 3 smaller teams - our Race Delivery Team, our Impact Delivery Team and our Stories Team. Of course, we all help each other out and cover a whole of crazy tasks along the way. We are just finalising our Impact and Stories teams, but our race day line up is now ready. 



If you have been following us for a while both Bethany Boll and Megan Mason will be familiar faces as they have joined our team as volunteers at the Malawi and Kenya races. We have a 4 step process to moving into the Impact team, and it largely revolves around week long job interviews where you are deprived of your sleep and your sanity whilst we join together to deliver an incredible race. Each time, growing in the experience that leads to a permanent roll in Team Impact.

Megan was an Impact Runner at our inaugural Nepal race in 2016, finishing 3rd in the 21km race, so she comes to the team with a good knowledge of what it takes to fly around the stunning course we have in Shivapuri National Park. Since then, she has gotten more and more involved in the team, volunteering at Kenya Impact 2018 - whilst running a women’s only Spin Studio in Saudi Arabia - crewing our London Nohtaram night, although falling short of making it into our staff Beer Mile team at Love Trails Festival - something to work towards perhaps? 



         

Megan leading the morning run in Kenya alongside some of the country’s finest runners… -  Photo Credit - Tanya Raab, 2018

Bethany can finally relax at our Malawi closing ceremony - Photo Credit - Taking Pictures, Changing Lives, 2019


Hailing from the USA via Singapore, Bethany joined our Malawi Impact 2019 race, meeting our Head of Operations in Addis Ababa airport as he travelled directly from running an overnight marathon through London, it was an interesting start to her Impact career. Just a few hours later they were heading to the tiny fishing village of Nkope that we call our home in Malawi. She took on the challenge of running our Athletes’ Village - a derelict hotel that had been home only to monkeys for the last 6 years - somehow she turned it into a magical home to our Impact Runners. Although there was a lot of last minute calls to the various plumbers, electricians and handymen around the village along the way, she handled it all with stoic charm and by the time the week was done, we couldn’t imagine delivering a race without her!  


The fact that we have an all female race director team for Nepal, of all countries, means a huge amount to us. When we launched 2015, Mira Rai was tearing up the ultra running world and inspiring hundreds of Nepali girls along the way. What Mira has done for female empowerment transcends the sport of running and has changed the nation of Nepal forever. Since our first race, the UN in Nepal have been sponsoring these girls to run our race each year, some travelling from days away to be part of the Impact Marathon. Their stories have inspired us and the idea that some of these girls will be looking our race directors thinking “that can be me” will inspire us even further.


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