There are two in fact. The official Everest Base Camp Marathon is the Tenzing – Hillary Everest Marathon held annually on 29 May the date of their Everest summit. The biannual one held in November is run by a UK charity organisation and raises money from the event for community projects in Nepal. Both marathons finish in Namche Bazaar.
The 2013 biannual marathon was run on our acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar. There’s the Trainer and my husband who isn’t a trainer but, he does run, very excited to see the runners come in at the finish.
He told me he wanted to do the next one in two years. Over my dead body.
Due to the earthquakes the 2015 Tenzing Hilary Marathon was rescheduled to 5 October. So for our second attempt to trek to Base Camp the Trainer was very excited the runners’ acclimatisation day in Dingboche coincided with ours and we would trek back to Namche Bazaar the day of the marathon, so we would see them on the track.
The Trainer got to meet and chat with some of the runners in Dingboche. One runner his age was running his first ever marathon. From Base Camp. Just what I needed more fodder for ideas in the Trainer’s head. When we walked back from Base Camp we bumped into the runners again. They were checking out the path the officials were marking up. The path into base camp is not clear and quite tricky. Just getting in and out of there is a feat in itself. There were hardly any trekkers on the trail during the season and their tents were the only ones at Base Camp.The black stuff is actually ice.
The day of the Marathon we woke in Pangboche. Our lodge was a checkpoint for water and medical supplies.Two doctors from Kathmandu had stayed the night in the lodge and were ready to check if everyone was ok.
We first saw the runners in Tengboche (Thyanboche). A few people stood around watching the runners come through.
This grassy bit of the track might look easy but imagine running the sections below…
This down hill section after Tengboche was very slippery. This guy number 43 came ninth.
That’s me coming down very slowly with walking sticks or trekking poles. Basanta is following behind me. But don’t think it’s all down hill because it’s not.
Number 11 Devon Miles Skidmore from the USA came 25th in the field and was the 5th foreigner. Naturally the Nepalis came in first places. We stopped to give way and clap as the runners passed us, cheering them on. Here are the race results.
It was a glorious day. We met these two women at our lodge in the evening. They ran the 21K half marathon from Dingboche and held hands the whole way. Their time was 4 hours 28 minutes and 32 and 33 seconds. That’s Ama Dablam is in the background.
Below is the finish line and the view from the top of Namche Bazaar.
We didn’t run the marathon . I had done my Marathon – getting safely to Base Camp and the highlight climbing Kala Pattar and back. The training had been part of the wonderful journey and the Trainer did well getting me fit and well prepared for the trek. As part of my training I did three 5K runs and I had never run before in my life.
That’s me arriving at Gorak Shep the last of the lodges before EBC. The brown hill is the famous Kala Pattar and behind is Pumori. Later that afternoon we climbed 5545 metres to the top of Kala Pattar.That’s me, the Trainer and the Porter with Everest at our heads and Everest Base Camp at our feet.
Bhim Gurung (Nepal) came first in the 2015 at 4hrs 1 min and 54secs. Robert Celinski (Poland) was fifth,the first foreigner in the field at 4hrs 34min and 28 secs
This email was in response to Ben Huberman’s Daily Post and the prompt Marathon
Anyone like to share their “personal marathon” or “Everest” ?