Running The World Highest Everest Marathon

Posted: January 21, 2008 in marathon

I was flipping through the pages of Guinness world record when I came across an entry of the world highest marathon, the good guys at Guinness have listed it as Everest Marathon.

According to Everest marathon official site  the marathon is a tribute to Tenzing Norgay Sharper and Sir. Edmund Hillary, for those of you who dont know who the hell are these two, they are the first souls to climb Mt. Everest.

For sometime I have fooling with an idea of running a mountain marathon but after reading about Everest Marathon I realised Mountain running is not a fun ride up and down against a magnificient mountain landscape.

Need more than road marathon running experience

Making it to the start lining, let alone running the everest marathon, is a challenge. All runners are expected to be in Nepal three weeks prior to the start for doctor supervised acclimitisation. Last year 80% of the hopeful runners suffered diarrhoea,  altitude sckness, deep vein thrombossis, reduced lung capacity or chest infections. Remember, the marathon had not even started!

Horrible weather

Although the course of everest marathon is basically down hill there are two steep uphill sections. The lucky runners who make it to the starting line start at everest base camp, Nepal, 5356m and finish at Sherpa Town 3,446m. The runners endure temperatures veering between minus 20C (minus 4F) and 20C (68F).

At a normal marathon we find water points at every three miles but at everest runners find a doctor who checks for  effects of altitude sickness.

Doping effect.

Despite the hazard the everest marathon is popular with serious runners as it is known running at high altitude boosts the body levels of red blood cells. Experts call this “doping the body naturally”

Thinking of doping your body without using illegal drugs? Visit official site to register for the next everest marathon.

 

 

 

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