THE SIXTEENTH EVEREST MARATHON
*** News: The 2015 Everest Marathon is On!
Following the tragic earthquakes which recently struck Nepal, we have made a careful assessment of the situation and are pleased to say it is our intention to hold the 2015 Everest Marathon in November, much as originally planned. We believe that, as well as providing a great running challenge in the stunning Himalayas, the best way to support the local Nepalese community at this difficult time is to spend our tourist dollars whilst on the marathon and raise money for Everest Marathon Fund.
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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