The race began at Everest Base Camp and descended more than 6,000 feet.

Sudip Kulung won the Everest Marathon on Thursday, billed as the highest trail race in the world.

Kulung, who won the event in 2011 and was second in 2010, finished in 3 hours, 52 minutes, and 9 seconds to capture the victory. The course begins at the Everest Base Camp, situated 17,598 feet above sea level, and finishes at Namche Bazaar (11,306 feet).

Bhim Bahadur Gurung was the runner-up in 3:53:58, while Rai’s younger brother Suman placed third with a time of 4:08:10. All three men are from Nepal.

The race took place on rocky and snowy trails.

Ang Chuttin Sherpa was the women’s champion with a 5:08:05, while Mingma Lhamu Sherpa (5:08:45) and Lhahak Futi Sherpa (5:22:0) took second and third as Nepal runners swept the podium.

There was also a half marathon and a 60K contested. Australian Karl David Turkovi claimed victory in the half marathon (3:19:05) ahead of Belgian Geremy Kersten (3:42:46) and German Amanda Ryan (4:52:45). Armyman Samir Tamang successfully defended his 60K title, crossing the finish line in 7:17:55; Hom Lal Shrestha (7:38:15) and DB Kulung Rai (8:26:20) took second and third to complete the podium sweep for Nepal.

The races began at 8:48 a.m. to match Mount Everest’s height of 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) above sea level. The marathon was first held in 2003.

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