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Runners Tackle Grueling Everest Marathon

Over 150 competitors took part.

Over 150 competitors took part.

It’s hard enough to run 26.2 miles, but how about tackling the marathon distance at the foot of Mount Everest?

That’s just what 150 competitors did on Tuesday at the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon. May 29 is significant in the history of climbing in that on this day in 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary and sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first climbers to make it to the top of the world’s tallest mountain.

The commemorative marathon starts at the Gorak Shep, which is close to the Everest base camp at an altitude of 5,356 meters. The race ends at the town of Namche Bazaar–a full 3,000 meters lower.

“We had 93 foreigners and 62 Nepali runners. This year was our tenth anniversary and when we started we only had two foreigners,” Shikhar Pandey, the race organizer said.

“The race is a pioneer for adventure tourism in Nepal and it’s a new thing,” he added. “Nepal is such a beautiful country and now more and more people are into trail running and we have really tapped into that market.”

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