Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Everest Marathon

The Everest Marathon is definitely one that is meant for well-seasoned runners. It stands as the world’s highest marathon, starting at 17,149 feet and ending at 11,300 feet. The race ends in Namche Bazaar, a village in northeast Nepal. The Everest Marathon has been held ever since Tony Hunt and Jan Turner took a trek up the mountain for 12 hours without any sort of aid in 1985. Since then the two created an impromptu marathon which then sparked into the marathon it is today. The full race was first held in 1987. This marathon is often considered to be a marathoner’s ultimate goal. Runners have to face sub-degree weather and altitude sickness is also something that they all have to take into strict consideration. Along the way runners get to experience trekking through suspension bridges, several monuments, and even old monasteries. In 2010 the top 3 runners were all from Nepal, the fastest time being 3:41:20.

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