Race date 2nd December – preparation trek begins 14 Nov. Return date 8 Dec 2011.
To clear up confusion, there are two Everest marathons (and also an Everest Ultra Marathon). This one, held bi-annually is the older of the two and, as well as being a race, is a not-for-profit, charity fund-raising venture. So far this has raised over £520,000 to support health and educational projects in rural Nepal.
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 thirteen times since 1987.
The fourteenth race will be held 14 Nov – 8 Dec 2011 for foreign runners: £1700. Special arrangements for Nepali runners who live in Nepal 26 Nov – 2 Dec: entrance fee only NR 3000.
Read more about this race here: http://www.everestmarathon.org.uk/