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Running up Everest: over 150 runners complete grueling marathon

Himex via AFP - Getty Images

Handout photograph released by Himex, the organizers of the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon, participants of the marathon are flagged off at Everest Base Camp in Nepal's Solukhumbu district on Tuesday, May 29.

Himex via AFP - Getty Images

Daniel Mahwell of New Zealand participates in the marathon at Gorakshep, some 5,100 meters above sea level, in Nepal's Solukhumbu district on Tuesday.

AFP reports: KATHMANDU — More than 150 hardy competitors braved the rarified air and bone-chilling temperatures of Mount Everest on Tuesday to take part in the world's highest marathon, organisers said.

The Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon is part of annual celebrations marking the first conquest of the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) summit on May 29, 1953, by Sir Edmund Hillary and his sherpa Tenzing Norgay


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