We organize trail running races in Nepal.



Race History and Notes

Von KTM Races was established in 2019 under the banner of Von Kathmandu Adventures Pvt. Ltd. and organizes trail running races in Nepal. We have started out with small races in Kathmandu valley (KTM Series and Blitz), but we are gearing up to expand to other destinations in longer, more technical races.

The race was designed with three main objectives: i) to encourage beginner runners in trail running; ii) to have a regular/monthly races to bring the community together; and iii) to allow for promising young runners to showcase their running talent.


Modus Operandi

We have constantly focused on improving the quality of the race (IT, trails, food, ambience, deadlines, timely and accurate information, and so forth) and made it solely a fun event where people come to run and socialize, thus isolating it from non-race elements like linking it with causes, campaigns, politics, religion, etc. In order to maintain a healthy competition, the race does not provide cash prizes, esp because the distances for monthly races are short. There is an entry fee to join the race, which goes towards the salaries of a growing and skilled team, printing, medals and transportation; any surplus is reinvested in the race.


Nepal, blessed with natural adventurous terrain, is already a popular destination for the adventure activities. The difficult terrain has also developed naturally strong trail athletes who are able to perform at the highest level in international championships.

We are an initiative to get this sport mainstream athletic recognition in Nepal. It will be great exposure for talented athletes who want to venture into trail running. Apart from the competitive scenario, we also wish that participants will be able to appreciate nature of the valley. Away from chaos and pollution of city life, it will be a great opportunity to explore outdoor fitness activity and network with an active social community.

The team behind vonKathmandu has experience organizing over 30 races – trail running and mountain biking.


Organization

Anuj Adhikary

Race Director

Anuj does photo, video, design and web for KTM Trail Race Series, as well as other admin shenanigans. He is the nerdy henchman he never wished to be. He loves food and people who register on time. Website: www.anujadhikary.com

Aashish Mishra

Trail Director

Aashish is a jack of all trades, and responsible for coordination of the series. He is always on his feet, and gets work done like clockwork.

Palistha Dongol

Race Manager

Having been involved in numerous running and mountain biking events, Palistha brings admin experience and skills, along with a straightedge personality.

Jimi Oostrum

Promotions

A strong runner with an animated personality, Jimi provides an extensive knowledge of the trails in and around Kathmandu. He is a regular at the Himalayan Hash House Harriers, which – don’t let the name fool you – is a fun weekend run.

Food, Bev and Smiles

Jo Morrison

IT and Graphics

Irfan Khan

Irfan, sometimes referred to as Damu, is no joke when it comes to visuals. Hailing from the gorgeous city of Pokhara, Irfan is an outdoor enthusiast, while his personal story is one that inspires (ask him for details). He has promised to doublecheck the right watermark before putting photos online.

Pranuj Lal Shrestha

Photography and Videography

Alish Maharjan

Samdup Gurung

Samdup is the youngest crew member of the race. He is half-part running prodigy and half-part media enthusiast – a super combination to capture your best and snottiest moments on the trails. He ran the Everest Marathon in 2017 with a cowboy hat. He loves acting and dancing.