2 marathons to mark man's ascent on top of the world

To mark the 60th diamond jubilee anniversary of first human ascent on the top of the world, the Mount Everest, two special marathons each of 42.2 km and 60 km will be organized on May 29, from the Everest Base Camp.

Himalaya Expedition will dedicate Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon (42.2 km) as Everest diamond jubilee event and launch the one-of-its-kind Mount Everest Extreme Ultra Marathon (60 Km) to coincide with 60th anniversary, Bikram Pandey, chairperson of the organizing committee told the press here on Wednesday.

Both of the races will kick off from Everest expedition base camp (5364m) at the edge of Khumbu icefall and end at beautiful Syangboche (3720m) but the ultra marathon runners will get a chance to pass through the world's highest uphill trail running section from Phortse (3800m) to Nha La (4400m). Some 135 participants from all around the globe will take part in these two marathons including those from China, Australia, UK, USA, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, said Pandey.

The organizer will keep one helicopter and two doctors in alert position during the marathon in case participants face health related risks.

According to the organizer, marathon passes through the highest elevation in the world through monasteries, monuments, suspension bridges, exotic places & beautiful landscape. Everest Marathon also passes through Tengboche Monastery, the world renowned heritage site.

Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon is an annual event attributed to the first human ascent of Mount Everest (8,848m) on May 29, 1953 by Tenzing Norgey Sherpa and Edmund Hillary.

In the same context, together with Indian Everest team, Himalaya Expeditions is organizing the Everest Climb Clean & Run (ECCR) project as one of the important events of diamond jubilee celebration.