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Everest Marathon Press Release 2015

July 17, 2015

Press Release 2015

Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon (T.H.E.M.), with a hope to revive lost tourism of Nepal will kick off at the start of a new tourist season in Autumn – on 5th October 2015. The race starts from expeditionary Everest Base Camp (5364 meter) , near the Khumbu Glacier and ends at Namche Bazaar (3446 meter), the capital town of Sherpas covering a distance of 42.195 km. This marathon will be a big publicity campaign for the International Tourism Market for the promotion and revival of Nepalese Tourism.

Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon 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. This is the 13th Edition of this event.

Usually held on May 29th every year, we have scheduled this marathon for October 5 because of number of incidents:

  1. Because of April 24 and May 12 earthquakes that brought some devastation and tragedy throughout Nepal and partially in Khumbu also.
  2. Some people suggested postponing it for next year May 29 but keeping in view of the busy schedule of our Everest Runners, we thought we must give an alternative date for them this year itself to give the continuity of our marathon since its start in 2003. So, this is the 13thcontinuous Event Episode for Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon.
  3. October 5 is an important time because it is the beginning of Autumn Season which is a good start of the Tourist Season in Nepal with clear sky and beautiful view of the mountains.

Some Highlights:

Robert Celinski from Poland is figured to be a top challenger to the top Nepali runners this year. Celinski finished in 4:39:39 last year. He has the fastest time for foreigner, second is Mr. Antoine Bonfils French 4:51:10 on 2007. He is also the only foreigner to finish top 10 – he was overall 9th last year. He is has been in Khumbu since late August training to beat his time from last year.

Mr. Thomas Fitzgibbon Thomas is raising funds for a charity run by Clonakilty man Declan Murphy. He was supposed to visit the area last May, but his trip was cancelled after the earthquake the previous month. After seeing the devastation he decided he would have to do something to help those affected.

“I have no idea of how much I will raise, and I’d be telling you lies if it did. I just hope to get enough to make a difference,” he said.

Mr. Danilo Testa and Mr. Vincenzo Perrone two deaf runners from Italy are running Everest marathon to support a deaf foundation in Italy.

We are also giving continuation to Clean Everest Campaign this year. Runners can voluntarily bring some trashes of their choice from Base Camp running down to the End Point of the Marathon to show the world their commitment to Save Mount Everest for their future Generation on the Green Bag that we can provide the on free choice. We are doing this together with Himalayan Environment Trust of Nepal & India founded by Capt MS Kohli Late Sir Ed Hillary Late Maurice Herzog Chris BONINGTON Reinhold Messner & Junko Tabei of Japan.

Mostly all participants are running for the cause of raising funds for the earthquake victims.

This year, we are also organizing a free medical camp in Khundi hospital for the earthquake affected people of Namche. The medical camp will be focused on bones, joints and nerve problems.

International Participants for 2015:

Nationality No. of Participants
British 5
Dutch 1
Irish 1
Polish 2
Japan 1
New Zealand 1
South Africa 2
German 1
Itialian 2
Russian 1
Chinese 1
Australian 2
HK 2
Israeli 5

Total – 30 International Participants

Local registration is open till 1st October 2015 – we expect around 30-40 Local participation.

Race Categories and Prize Money:

1) Full Marathon Open – 42.195KM
1st – NPR 1,00,000/-
2nd – NPR 75,000/-
3rd – NPR  50,000/-

2) Full Marathon Open Foreigner – 42.195KM
1st – NPR 50,000/-
2nd – NPR 35,000/-
3rd – NPR  25,000/-

3) Full Marathon Open Female – 42.195KM
1st – NPR 50,000/-
2nd – NPR 35,000/-
3rd – NPR  25,000/-

4) Half Marathon Open – 21 KM
1st – NPR 50,000/-
2nd – NPR 35,000/-
3rd – NPR 25,000/-

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