Mira Rai Initiative

Founded in 2017, Mira Rai Initiative (MRI) is a non-government organization (NGO) committed to supporting trail-running and trail-running community in Nepal. The organization was founded by the legendary ultra-trail runner Mira Rai whose story continues to inspire trail-runners all over the world.

Mira Rai’s story has inspired thousands of young people all over Nepal but especially young girls who see Mira as a role model. She is now committed to use the platform and the voice she has to promote trail running in Nepal and empower female trail runners in Nepal. Mira now wants to be that bridge for them and encourage young girls and young people in general to chase their dreams and defy the challenges that hold them back by giving them the opportunity to shine.

Governed by a 9-member volunteer Board of Directors based in Kathmandu, all of them from diverse background but have a commonality of supporting women especially those belonging to underprivileged and disadvantaged backgrounds. Mira Rai Initiative’s mission is to establish all round trail running women athletes.

Mira Rai



Mira Rai

I was just a regular village girl and was living a simple village life but I aspired to do something big and meaningful, defy the socio-economic constraints that held me back.”