Staff Reporter

The Snowman Race is deferred to October 13, next year, the race’s secretariat confirmed.

It was scheduled on October 13 this year coinciding with the ninth Royal Wedding Anniversary.

The board of directors has made the decision after thorough and careful consideration of the ongoing uncertainty of Covid-19.

A news release from the Snowman Race secretariat stated that the race deferment gives them an added opportunity and mandate to launch the first edition of the race in a much more enriched style and strength. “Moreover, this will also give us time to strategise more activities and knowledge to achieve the motive of the race which is bringing the global community together in committing to combat climate change.”

“At the moment, the health and welfare of the participants, as well as the local, national and international communities at large are our highest priority,” the news release stated.

The run was scheduled to start from Gasa, and the participants were supposed to cover more than 300km within five days before ending in Bumthang. The route takes them to elevation ranging from 2,850 to 5,470 metres crossing 11 passes, six mountains over 7,000 metres, glaciers and two national parks: Jigme Dorji National Park and Wangchuck Centennial National Park.

The idea of the run emanated from His Majesty’s visit to the highlands to protect the natural environment and preserve the unique age-old culture and tradition of the highland communities, adversely affected by climate change.