Daily News header

Running the Mount Everest Marathon for Charity

By

Nepal's Mount Everest Marathon race is the highest in the world and probably the toughest too. It starts next to Mount Everest Base Camp, at 17,000 feet, and finishes 26.2 miles later at Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capitol. Participants, both local and foreign, compete for many reasons, and in recent years raising money for a charitable cause has become a common part of runners' motivation.

Two organizations put on the marathon in alternate years. The older, based in the United Kingdom, has been operating since 1987. Its next race is set for November 2015. The other is based in Nepal and started racing in 2003, for the 50th anniversary celebration of the first ascent of the mountain. Its next race is coming up on the anniversary date, May 29th.

The UK organizers operate a charitable trust, the Everest Marathon Fund, and have collected nearly $1 million so far for school construction, medical and dental facilities, and community development. Both organizers encourage runners to raise money for charities of their choice in their home countries too.

everest marathon
Everest Marathon
Photo: www.everestmarathon.com

Nepali runners routinely win the race, and nine of the top ten men's times are held by Nepalis, more than half of them Sherpas local to the area. Centuries of life at high altitude have resulted in a genetic adaptation that gives them an edge. But foreigners have won the women's race several times and hold the top two all-time women's finishes.

Elite runners complete the marathon in about four hours (men) or five hours (women). Most participants take much longer, sometimes more than 12 hours. But whether slow or fast, the increasingly common practice of linking the marathon to charitable fund raising means that everyone can come out a winner.

John Child is The NewsBlaze Nepal Correspondent, a journalist in Kathmandu who writes about goings-on in and around Nepal and her neighbors. Read more stories by John Child in Kathmandu.

  Please leave a comment here     If it does not display within 10 seconds, please refresh the page

Related Nepal News

John Child in Kathmandu looks at three things Nepal can do to improve their handling of weather events and the aftermath of disasters when they happen.
This will promote Hindu religion and its stature in the world. From the very beginning, the BJP and Indian PM Narendra Modi have been fighting for Hindu values and Indian nationalism. We are happy that the Hindu nationalist party has won
Gyanendra Shah, the last king of Nepal, after living as a private citizen outside the capital in a former royal hunting lodge, is in intensive care in hospital.
Nepal is a small stakeholder who pollutes less but is affected more. All should help and contribute to Nepal to fund and provide necessary support to fight against climate changes.
John Child says new US Peace Corps volunteers have arrived in Nepal. After training they go to the west. US Military medics also arrived for a first aid exercise.
The rule of law does not apply in Nepal when Maoist cadres killed people. Human Rights Commission says the government is now killing the deceased's parents.
...More Nepal  

 

NewsBlaze Writers Of The Month



Popular Stories This Month

newsletter logo

NewsBlaze
Copyright © 2004-2014 NewsBlaze Pty. Ltd.
Use of this website is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy  | DMCA Notice               Press Room   |    Visit NewsBlaze Mobile Site