Run the Everest Marathon

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Push your body to the limit in the world’s highest marathon.

Whether the idea of running 26.2 miles from Everest Base Camp to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital sounds like the ultimate test of your athletic capabilities or a hellish idea that only a fool would attempt, there is one thing you can’t deny, it’s one heck of an adventure.

Anyone who has done any trekking in high mountains knows how debilitating the effects of altitude can be, just climbing a set of stairs leaves you gasping for breath, so just imagine a marathon which starts at 5,356 metres (already 500 metres higher than the peak of Mont Blanc). Along the course there is a total 1,000 metres of climbing, but thankfully the course is, overall, downhill.

There are now two Everest marathons, the Tenzing-Hillary which started in 2003 and takes place every May, and the original Everest Marathon which has been running since 1987 and takes place in November or early December. The idea first occurred to two Britons trekking to base camp who decided to, as you do, have an impromptu race along the way, but only took off when newspaper reports condemned the races as dangerous to lives. Naturally, as adventurers are a contrary bunch, demand for places surged and a tradition was born.

All aspects of this adventure are hard, even getting to base camp requires a two-week trek, not to be skipped, it is vital to the acclimatisation process. Then once the marathon starts the paths are rocky an uneven, there can be snow and ice getting in the way and even the occasional yak, farmer and other trekker to dodge. If you complete it however, you know you have finished the world’s toughest marathon and will undoubtedly have a story you can dine out on for the rest of your life.


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