THE SIXTEENTH EVEREST MARATHON
*** Important Update for Nepalese Runners.
We limit the number of Nepalese runners to 20 people. If possible, you should send in an application form so that your name can be put on this list in advance. You have to register at a Nepalese briefing meeting in Namche Bazaar on Monday 23rd November at 09:00 in the Thamserku Lodge (This is one day earlier than previously advertised); the registration fee is NR 3,000. We check that you have the minimum kit and understand the race rules. We do not provide accommodation and meals for Nepalese runners but you are welcome to trek with the foreign runners from Kangjuma to Gorak Shep. You must report to the group leaders at Lobuche two days before the race as there is a compulsory medical check the following morning before you will be given your race number. On race day we shall arrange for your surplus kit to be brought back down to Namche Bazaar.
These arrangements are only available to Nepalese citizens who live in Nepal. They are not available to Nepalese citizens who do not live in Nepal or to non-Nepalese citizens who live in Nepal.
Richard Davies - 2015 Everest Marathon Organiser ***
The Everest Marathon is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the highest marathon in the world. The start line is at Gorak Shep 5184m (17,000 feet), close to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. The finish is at the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar at 3446m (11,300 feet) and the course is a measured 42 km (26.2 miles) over rough mountain trails. It is the world''s most spectacular race and has been held fifteen times every two years since 1987.
To acclimatise naturally to the high altitude all runners join together for a 26 day holiday in Nepal. This holiday combines sightseeing in the capital, Kathmandu, a 15 day trek to the start under medical supervision, ascents of Gokyo Ri (5483m) and Kala Pattar (5623m) for the best views of Everest and one of the most gruelling races in the world.
Although the course is basically down hill, there are two steep uphill sections. There may be snow and ice on the upper part and there is considerable exposure along much of the route. For this reason the race is only suitable for runners with recent experience of cross country, fell or mountain running and endurance events. Experience of rough terrain is essential and road marathon experience is not sufficient on its own.
The race is a non-profit-making venture organised by Bufo Ventures Ltd with all profits put into the Everest Marathon Fund, a UK registered charity (number 1005422). So far this has raised £605,000 to support health and educational projects in rural Nepal. Most of the money has been raised by the runners themselves and many divide the amount raised, with 50% to the Everest Marathon Fund and 50% to a charity in their home country. In this way the race has also raised large sums of money for a wide range of good causes around the world. Each runner can set up his own web site page on the Virgin Money Giving web site inviting donations to made online directly to the Everest Marathon Fund.
Near the start of the race
The 9 mile point, between Pheriche and Pangboche
Approaching the half-way point at Tengboche
Starting the Thamo Loop above Namche Bazaar
The finish in Namche Bazaar