Yesterday, Canadian Leo Power crossed the finish line of the Tenzing–Hillary Everest Marathon. Despite the thin air, rough terrain, changing temperatures and steep trails, Leo completed the high altitude race in 8 hours 23 minutes, 29 seconds. Congratulations to Leo!
The race is held on the anniversary of the first summit of Everest by Tenzing and Hillary on May 29, 1953. It is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s highest marathon beginning at Everest Base Camp 17,500ft/5,333m and ending 26.2 miles / 42 km later in Namche 11,319ft/3450m. Don’t let the elevations fool you, this race is far from a downhill road race. Instead it is an up and down, winding trail on rocky, mountainous terrain. It’s so challenging in fact, that it was named one of the World’s 10 Insanely Hard Marathons: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-over-the-top-marathons.php
And Leo wasn’t the only successful Berg Adventures runner: Crossing the finish line with him was Berg Adventures talented cook, Jheta Rai.
Read more about Leo’s spectacular journey in his poetic dispatches here: http://www.bergadventures.com/v3_cyber/2011/2011-05-13-everest-base-camp/main.php
Whether you’re a marathon hopeful or not, you can learn more about trekking to Everest Base Camp here: http://www.bergadventures.com/v3_trips/asia/everest-basecamp-description.php