Pankaj Rayamajhi ran the SunTrust Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon to support Help Nepal Network
Pankaj Rayamajhi ran the inaugural SunTrust Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon in Washington, DC on March 17th, 2012 to raise funds for the Help Nepal Network. The marathon features a picturesque route through the nation’s capital that highlights the many monuments and landmarks embodying American history. This event will be the 26th tour stop in the international series of entertainment themed Rock ‘n’ Roll marathons that started in San Diego in 1998.
Pankaj, born and raised in Thamel, Kathmandu, currently lives in Washington DC with his wife Trishna and their 10 month old son Hridaya. He has been working with the DC Government for 4 years in the field of public education and human capital. Pankaj enjoys samosas, Salman Rushdie and good old-fashioned sightseeing! This is his first marathon and hopes to get away with it.
“I started running long distance in Dili, capital of Timor Leste, where I was setting up a non-profit in 2007. DC is a runner’s city and I caught the bug after we moved here in 2007. My first official big run was the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler last year. The SunTrust Marathon will be my first.
I am running for HeNN for two reasons. Having worked with underprivileged kids and youth in the past, I know that any kind of investment in their health and education means a better future for everybody. I admire the work HeNN has been doing and would like to be a part of the global Nepali community supporting it. And I truly believe in the power each of us has to be a force for good so thank you for supporting this fundraising effort.
Each stride of my 26.2 miles is dedicated to the future of Nepal – it’s children.”
Help Nepal Network US, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entity in the United States dedicated to helping underprivileged communities in Nepal. The organization is operated by a group of volunteers in fourteen countries around the world. A hundred percent of funds raised from events such as these are channeled towards building educational and health care facilities including schools, libraries and health posts.