Kathmandu Kora Cycling Challenge 2019 (#KORA19) 20thJuly 2019
In Buddhism and Hinduism a Kora is a circumambulation, done clockwise, usually around a religious structure. It is said that a single Kora around Mt. Kailash in Tibet for example is enough for one lifetime. Kathmandu, with its myriad religious structures is a perfect location to do a circumambulation. It boasts two of the most revered Buddhist Stupas of Boudhha & Swoyambhu, and one of the top eight temples for Hindus worldwide, Pashupatinath.
The Kathmandu Kora Cycling Challenge - the biggest mass ride in the Himalaya - circumambulates the valley, clockwise, right at the edge of the valley, away from the hustle of the city, through small dirt trails passing by picturesque rural settings. The challenge is split into categories of 50/75/100 kms that have boasted as many as 3000 riders in previous installments. Riders need not feel compelled to complete the circuits if they are unable to do so, as the KORA is designed for the possibility of truncating whenever required. At no point will you be further than an hour from any location within Kathmandu.
The event marked its debut in 2011 when 35 riders raised close to half a million Rupees in funds that were given to a school and an orphanage in Kathmandu. Since then, it has seen a steady increase in both the amount of participants and the funds raised every year. Over the past 8 years, nearly Rs 6,000,000 has been raised for a variety of causes spanning from health, women empowerment and reconstruction among others. Though there are no fees for registration, participants are encouraged to pledge certain amounts per rider or directly for the cause.
This year, all proceeds from the Kora19 will be going to the Richa Bajimaya Memorial Foundation who are active proponents in the fight against cancer and envision a Cancer Fear Free Society in Nepal. The funds will be used to conduct 10 cervical cancer screening camps over the period of one year, aimed at sensitizing the public to the issues related to breast and cervical cancer while also empowering women to look after their own health. These screenings can help detect cancer at the early stages itself, leading to the prevention of avoidable deaths in Nepalese women as a result of breast and cervical cancer - with strong evidence of deaths due to cervical cancer being reduced by 80% or more among those screened. Even a single screening between the ages of 30 and 40 can reduce a woman’s lifetime risk of cervical cancer by 25% to 36%. However, in Nepal, cervical and breast cancer usually presents in the late stages and hence, indicating the dire need for effective screening programs. As such screening programs seem to be an essential aspect of effective public health programs in the nation.
Kathmandu Kora Cycling Challenge is organised by Social Tours with the support of Cycle City Network Nepal in partnership with Pangro as an event organiser.
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