Everest Marathon - Nepal

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Everest Marathon - Nepal - Base Camp - Namche Bazaar

Note: the 2011 edition of Everest Marathon is scheduled for May 29.


Debutant Bhim Rai chased defending champion Dangima Sherpa down to the finishing line but finished eleven seconds behind as the latter defended his Tenzing Hilliary Everest Marathon title today.

Sherpa however could not better his record timing of 4hrs 3 mins 8 secs set last year. He finished the race in 4:19:17 among 122 participants from seven countries. Bhim Rai, followed by his brother Deepak Raj Rai, finished second.

Among Nepali women, defending champion Yangdi Lama Sherpa finished first with the timing of 6:06:02 ahead of Ang Maya Sherpa. Ang Maya recorded 7:06:45 seconds while Pemba Doma Sherpa completed the race in 7:17:07 to finish third among five participants.




Robert Celinski of Poland was the winner in foreigners category clocking 5:34:02 ahead of Spaniard Barto Loma Ovetegels who finished in 7:12:26. Another Spaniard Kalafat emerged third. Fair play award went to Erica Kuges of Germany.

“I couldn’t better my record because of the lack of rest,” said Dangima who had participated in the Everest Sky Race, a ten day competition, few days ago. “This year, it turned out to be a very close contest.”

The 26-year-old from Solukhumbu was on the lead right from the start. He conceded the lead with less than three kilometers left but was good enough to regain it nearly a kilometer from the finish.

“This is a surprise result fro me. I was not expecting to finish second because I’m still recovering from fever,” 20-year-old Bhim Rai, who once fell down during the race, said.

“Nepal is a wonderful country,” Robert Celinski reacted, “I will try my best to encourage all foreigners to visit this beautiful country if not compete in the race.”

Local’s active participation in the race organized to mark the first human ascent on world’s tallest peak Mt Everest made the competition a festival. Himalaya Expeditions organizes the annual race, claimed as the marathon at the highest altitude in the world.

German Ambassador Franz Ring and French Ambassador Michel Jolivet jointly awarded the winners amidst a function. Himalaya Expeditions president Bikram Pandey, Nepal Tourism Board manager Hikmat Singh Ayer, race director and international athletics coach Khadga Ranabhat, race advisor and NTB media consultant Sarad Pradhan were among the guests. Spouses of the French and German envoys along with German sports consultant Gunter Lange and his wife were also in Namche to witness the event.


Source: The Kathmandu Post, May 30, 2005


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