Bikram Pandey, president of Himalaya Expedition (center) informs about the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon during a press meet in Kathmandu on Wednesday. Photo: Pratik Rayamajhi/ Republica
KATHMANDU, May 17: The Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon is set to organize the 15th Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon in the Khumbu region on May 29 which will see a total of 200 runners taking part from 31 countries.
Speaking at a press meet organized in the capital on Wednesday, event manager Shikhar Pandey said that over 200 runners, including around 150 foreign runners from 30 countries, from Japan in the east to Peru in the west, are participating in the marathon.
“The marathon is growing in scope each passing year. Over the 15 years, the marathon has evolved into one of the most exciting adventure sporting events in the world,” Pandey added.
Athletes participating in the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon have gone on to participate in some of the renowned trail-running events across the world and returned home with honors.
According to the organizers, 119 foreign runners are participating in Full Marathon, 16 in Half Marathon and seven in Ultra Marathon. The organizers are expecting more than 50 local runners to participate in the event.
The marathon will include three events: Olympic Standard Full Marathon of 41.195 kilometers, Ultra Marathon of 60 kilometers, and Half Marathon of 21 kilometers.
Similarly, Full Marathon will have three categories -- open, women’s and foreigners, as well as the Ultra Marathon.
The winner of the open category will take home a purse of Rs 200,000, while the runner-up will be rewarded with Rs 100,000. The third-placed player will get Rs 75,000.
The winner of women’s category will be prized with Rs 100,000, while the runner-up will get a purse of Rs 75,000. The third-placed runner will be rewarded with Rs 50,000. Likewise, the winner of foreigners’ category will get Rs 50,000, while the runner-up will be prized with Rs 35,000. The third-placed foreigner will get a purse of Rs 25,000.
The winner of Ultra Marathon will receive a cash prize of Rs 100,000, while the runner-up will be rewarded with Rs 75,000. The third-placed runner will get Rs 50,000. Also, the winner and the runner up of Half Marathon will be prized with Rs 50,000 and Rs 30,000 respectively, while the third-placed player will get Rs 25,000.
The Full Marathon and Ultra Marathon will begin from the Everest Base Camp (5,400m) and end at Namche Bazaar, while Half Marathon will begin from Dingboche (4410m) and end at Namche Bazaar (3440m).