Mira Rai

A short film about a Nepali village girl who discovered that she was a mountain runner

Mira Rai is a young woman from a remote village in Nepal who always dreamed of being successful in sport. When she was older she travelled the long distance to Kathmandu to try her luck. Out of money, she was about to return home to her village, when by chance on a morning run, she meets another runner who tells her about a long running race in the local hills. She wins it and soon begins to realise her tough mountain village upbringing has prepared her perfectly for this sport. ‘Mira’ follows the journey of this spirited Nepali village girl on her pursuit to being a world-recognised mountain runner.


“a complex story presented simply and elegantly, and it’ll make you an impossibly dedicated fan of Mira Rai.” – IRunFar [US Media]

“‘Mira’ makes for a beautiful viewing that gives hope.” – Lex Limbu [Popular Nepalese Blogger]

“MIRA is a film for all, runner or not, it’s just great story telling!” – Ian Corless [Podcaster, UK]

“Amazing story and beautifully put together” – Jez Braggs [The North Face Athlete]

“Have just shown the Mira Rai film in Lausanne. Everybody thought it was fantastic and many moved to tears. Beautiful film and Mira a true inspiration.” – Heather Lima [NORLHA] after symposium screening attended by United Nations & Swiss Government officials.

“The filming is beautiful and I feel like it could be watched on silent and still appreciated for the beauty of the footage.” – Krissy Moehl [Patagonia Elite Athlete]

“If you love a good story , adventure, epic landscapes and trail running wrapped in a great tale about an inspirational human being , worth watching this one” – Trail Runner Magazine [Australia/New Zealand]


Mira Rai Film Released

‘Mira’ is available to watch via Vimeo on demand [English version]. Here is the trailer below. Proceeds from the fee goes to showing this film in remote places with a mobile cinema, to girls who would potentially be inspired by watching Mira’s film. Additional language versions will be available from May 2016. These include: Chinese [simplified & traditional] / Japanese / French / German & Spanish

If you want to host a screening of ‘Mira’ then please find out more here


Winning her first international trail race (and 3rd ever trail race), the Sellaronda 56km, Italy in a new course record time. Credit: pegasomedia.it


She good, strong, very strong. She will do well in future. She has a bright, fast future ahead of her, – Stevie Kremer (Skyrunner® World Series Champion) speaking after the MSIG 50km Lantau Hong Kong Dec 2015

She is going to shake up the global trail running community with her climbing speed!
Marcus Warner, President of A&NZ Skyrunning Association (Feb 2015).

She’s a beast,Luke Nelson of the Patagonia team’s description of her climbing power.

Her dedication to trying hard is wonderful to see. She is a beautiful runner, inside and out, and watching her develop is very special. But beyond that her sheer joy and happiness in running and in life is an absolute inspiration.” – Lizzy Hawker

Progression in pictures

Mira with her brother and grandmother wearing UNICEF berets.
Mira rai himalaya outdoor festival
mira rai hong kong sai kung trail race
mira finish line msig feb 7 hong kong lloyd belcher

Filming on location!

During filming at Bouddha.
Mira Rai filming with Lloyd Belcher at Bouddha
mira rai sadhus

A chance is like a leaf on a river, you have to grab it quick, or it’s gone forever.– Mira Rai