16th May 2016
Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon 2016 press release
The 14th Edition of Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon (T.H.E.M.), being held on 29th May 2016 is dedicated to the 200 years Britain-Nepal Bicentenary anniversary. This will be the 14th edition of this event since it was first conducted on 19th May, 2003 to commemorate and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Mt Everest by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary during in 1953. The race starts from expeditionary Everest Base Camp (5,364 meter) near the Khumbu Glacier and ends at Namche Bazaar (3446 meter), the capital town of Sherpas.
Some interesting Highlights of Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon 2016:
- British Ambassador Mr. Richard Morris himself will be running symbolic height distance of Mt. Everest that is 8848m in support of the 200 year or Britain-Nepal Bicentenary anniversary.
- This year’s Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon marks a special add on value of colorful dimension of the ‘First Lumbini to Mount Everest Peace Flame RUN’. A team of Nepal’s National Olympian Runners are carrying Buddha Peace Flame from Buddha’s Birthplace Lumbini to Mount Everest in the name of “Peace Flame March” to give a message of National Revival after Post Earthqake Destruction. This Peace Flame Torch will reach Everest Expedition Base Camp Marathon Start Point on May 27 to re-energize Marathon kick-off event on May 29.
- A solo attempt by Scottish ultra-runner Jamie Ross Mackenzie (49), to run 320km (200 miles) non-stop from the high altitude of Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu to raise much-needed funds for the Himalayan Trust and its post-earthquake rebuilding work in the Solumkhumbu region of Nepal. He will also attempt to break the fastest-known time of 63 hours and 8 minutes for the route held by Birtish runner Lizzy Hawker, known as the Everest Mailrun route. The Mailrun was once the route used by courier runners to transport letters from Kathmandu to climbing teams at Base Camp and back.
Some interesting participants:
- Robert Celinski (44), from Poland is figured to be a top challenger to the top Nepali runners this year. Celinski finished the marathon in 4:34:28 last year. He has the fastest time for foreign runner. He is also the only foreign runner to finish in top 5, ranking 5th last year in Full Marathon open category. He has been in Khumbu since late April training – he says it is his dream to best the undisputed champions of Everest who are the Nepali runners.
- Dual Guinness World Record Holder Ms. Parvaneh Moayedi (58), will run her 920th marathon in Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon in May 29th this year. She is racing to be the first woman in the world to complete 1000 official marathon distance by December 31, 2016. Parvaneh Moayedi immigrated to the United States from Iran in 1979. She ran her first marathon in 2000 and so far has completed over 919 marathons and ultras in all fifty states 4 times and has finished marathons in over 20 countries. She finished running a marathon in all seven continents by 2011 in Tanzania, Africa. She is the leading female in world with the most life time official marathons and ultras. She says “I am fortunate and happy to be in Nepal. I have been welcomed with open heart and open arms to a country trying to rebuild after the disaster of earthquake and I am encouraging everyone in the world to travel to Nepal and support tourism in this country. I believe in you can do anything in life if we can put our mind to it and that is one of the reason I am here taking the challenge of doing Everest Marathon.”
- Guan Yadi (36) famous runner from China, film producer and TV show runner is doing the first Ultra Running TV show called Yadi running around the world – also known as Yadi running bravely, is also running from Everest Base Camp to Jiri in one go which is around 130KM. He has already done all the major running races in the world around 30 Ultra Trail running around the world. He is running Everest Marathon because he knows this race for a long time and he never thought he can run this high altitude. He wants to show more Chinese people who come here not only for hiking but also to know this beautiful county in a new angle. He says “I think I would like to be a running story teller than a movie producer. I came here so I can know people from different Nepal and different countries and share their stories with my friends in china. Also I like having crazy ideas such as running from Base Camp to the Everest Base Camp to China side. We always need something to dream about – this is what I think this race inspire us.:”
- Heartbeat for Everest has been established by Steve Watts (63), to help raise much needed funds for the British Heart Foundation and The Himalayan Trust UK. In order to raise funds for both the British Heart Foundation and the Himalayan Trust UK Steve who has a pace maker set in his heart has set himself the challenge to compete in the The Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon on the 29th May 2016.
- Shariff Abdullah (47) from Singapore is a marathon running enthusiast with a difference. Born on November 10, 1968 without a left foot, he earned the title of Singapore’s first ‘Blade Runner’. He runs with a prosthetic blade, similar to those used by South African double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius. At the age of six, he started wearing a prosthetic leg. During his school days in the ’70s and ’80s, he participated in various sports such as running, bodybuilding, trekking and kayaking. He also loves to listening to music, reading books and also cooking. At one time his school mates even called him the “Six Million Dollar Man” because of all the sports he played. Many of you would like to know his lifetime dream. That is to participate in the world’s highest trail running marathon, the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon in 2016. Currently, he is training diligently and making tremendous efforts to make sure that he could live his dream of being in Everest come May 2016. Sharif says “First thing I would like to take this opportunity to thank the organizing committee to allow me to participate despite my condition. Apart from that my aim is to actually come here and inspire everyone and if I can do this marathon that I want to pass a message to everyone in the world that in my condition if I can do it they too can do it. Then I also request everyone all around the world please do visit the beauty of Nepal and help build up. If we can help by giving something, if future – people will help us back. Pass this message that we need more people to come to this event and help Nepal rebuild.”
- Mr Helmut Linzbichler (74) from Austria – an Everest Summiteer of 2008 describes himself as a lover of our country Nepal. He has been trekking to regions like Annapurna and doing Everest Marathon this year to work on a press shorty in his country to show people that Nepal is safe to travel. He feels that lot of people around the world are not travelling to Nepal because they have the wrong idea that everything was destroyed by the recent earthquake.
- Celebrity Marathon or India of Ms. Roshni Rai will also be running this year’s marathon. She is running marathon throughout India, Nepal and foreign countries to uplift the image of Gurkhali identity to bigger heights. She has also authored a book from Mountain to Ocean. She says “This marathon is going be an auspicious journey for me and I am participating in it thorough the invitation of Mr. Bikram Pandey who belongs to the Gurkhali clan – who scripted the great history of Gurkhas Pande Kaji. I am very excited to meet the international runners who have done several marathon and ultra marathon around the world. This will be a life time experience for me. We as Gorkhali women –we have the potential to do many great things but are not realizing it. I do these things to inspired such to urn Gurkhali women.”
1) Everest Extreme Ultra 60KM – Open
2) Full Marathon 42.195KM – Open Male, Open Foreigner, Open Female
3) Half Marathon 21KM – Open
Special 320KM Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu Charity run.
A solo attempt to run 320km (200 miles) non-stop from the high altitude of Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu to raise much-needed funds for the Himalayan Trust and its post-earthquake rebuilding work in the Solumkhumbu region of Nepal.
Scottish ultra-runner Jamie Ross Mackenzie, 49, will attempt to break the fastest-known time of 63 hours and 8 minutes for the route held by British runner Lizzy Hawker, known as the Everest Mailrun. The Mailrun was once the route used by courier runners to transport letters from Kathmandu to climbing teams at Base Camp and back.
International Participants 2016
|Nationality||No of Participants|
Total – 129 International Participants
Local registration is open till 25th May – we are expecting around 60 – 70 local participants.
Race Categories and Prize Money:
- 60K Extreme Ultra
1st NPR 1,00,000/
2nd NPR 75,000/-
3rd NPR 50,000/-
- Full Marathon Open 195KM
1st NPR 1,00,000/
2nd NPR 75,000/-
3rd NPR 50,000/
- Full Marathon Open Foreigner 42.195KM
1st NPR 50,000/
2nd NPR 35,000/
3rd NPR 25,000/
- Full Marathon Open Female 42.195KM
1st NPR 50,000/
2nd NPR 35,000/
3rd NPR 25,000/
- Half Marathon Open 21 KM
1st NPR 50,000/-
2nd NPR 35,000/
3rd -NPR 25,000/
We are expecting 25 participants in 60K Extreme Ultra, 165 in full marathon and 10 participants in half marathon – total of 200 participants.
We would like to thank 百力可28 Black, Red bull and Nepal Investment bank for sponsoring parts of the prize money and we would like to thank Suunto and Salomon for gifts to winner of this event.
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