This event is something which every woman from all walks of life can relate to. More than a marathon, it is a celebration of womanhood.

Running a marathon helps you discover the strengths you never knew you had. Well, here’s an opportunity for all Nepali women to discover their strength by taking part in the first international marathon happening in Nepal—the Pinkathon. The Pinkathon is more than a marathon. It is the seed of change. The first step in empowerment is taking control of your own health, respecting yourself, and understanding and celebrating the value you bring to your family and society. Empowerment is not a gift of society; it is a gift you give yourself.

Nepali celebrities from various walks of life, namely sports, glamour, business, social work, etc., will be joining in solidarity with this run for women empowerment, along with Nepal’s Pinkathon ambassador, Miss Nepal Earth 2012 Nagma Shrestha. We had an opportunity to talk to Nagma about Pinkathon and her views on events like these happening in Nepal. Here’s what she had to share with us:

How is Pinkathon different from other marathons?
Pinkathon is more than a just a marathon, because it is not just about running or racing but a celebration of womanhood. In Pinkathon, women just don’t go for running, by participating they connect with one another. The event is intended to start off with zumba exercises and dancing, fun, and laughter. Eventually, Pinkathon also intends to spread awareness about breast cancer. Pinkathon is all about fun, entertainment, and awareness at the same time.

What is the motto of Pinkathon?
Pinkathon was initiated to spread awareness about breast cancer and women empowerment initially, but eventually, the concept and horizon of Pinkathon has broadened. Pinkathon promotes healthy lifestyle. The cause of Pinkathon is you, and the motto of Pinkathon is awareness about breast cancer. 

Why is Pinkathon happening in Kathmandu?
The franchise holder of Pinkathon, Mr. Namraj Joshi, was born in Nepal and raised in India, because of which he is inclined towards Nepal and Nepali culture that is quite similar to Indian culture. So, Nepal was his priority for the first international Pinkathon. Also, Kathmandu city has more women population, and we would like our Nepali women to take their first step towards health and fitness. 

Why should women participate in Pinkathon?
Pinkathon is perceived as a regular marathon, which is not true. Even my grandmother, who is seventy two years old, is participating in the three-kilometer distance to show her support to the beautiful cause. So, every woman should participate and support the cause and discover their strengths.

What is the schedule of Pinkathon?
Pinkathon is a run only for women, in the category of 3 km, 5 km, 10 km, and 21 km distances. The event is to be held at the Dashrath Rangshala on February 24, 2017, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

What preparations should be done by the runners for Pinkathon?
We have to be on time for the assembly, and the bib and t-shirt is to be collected from Sherpa Mall on Thursday. Anyone can participate in Pinkathon, and the women participating should have the “I can do it “attitude.

Are you excited about Pinkathon? What are the things you are looking forward to?
Yes, I am excited for Pinkathon. Pinkathon Nepal is happening for the first time after five years of its initiation in India. I used to see news and coverage of Pinkathon India in different media channels, and then I secretly wished for Pinkathon to come to Nepal.
Now that it is happening here, I look forward to seeing maximum participation of women from all age groups, to move on from the stereotypical thinking of confining one to only household chores and stepping out to take care of their health.

Do you feel the need of events like these happening more often in Nepal? 
Yes, I do. This event is something which every woman from all walks of life can relate to. More than a marathon, it is a celebration of womanhood. I have lived all my life in Nepal with amazing ladies in my home as well as with my friends. There are hardly any big events especially focusing towards women in Nepal. The ones that happen are targeted only to certain groups. 

Your message to every woman out there on self-empowerment.
If you want to see the change, start from yourself. The cause is you. Be the change. Let’s be a part of the Pink Revolution.