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15th Everest Marathon title goes to Rajbhandari

In image Ram Kumar Rajbhandari running at Pangboche in the 2011 race. Photo: Everest Marathon UK
In this file photo taken in 2011 Rajbhandari is running at Pangboche of Everest region. Photo: Everest Marathon UK.

KATHMANDU, Nepal-Ram Kumar Rajbhandari has acquired the Everest Marathon title by winning the 15th Everest Marathon for the second time setting a new record, Friday.

Rajbhandari, who hails from Solukhumbu, broke his own record by completing the 42 km distance in 3 hours 40 minutes and 43 seconds.

Rajbhandari had won in the 2011 Everest Marathon by completing the distance in 3 hours and 52 minutes.

The marathon began at Gorak Shep 5184m (17,000 feet), close to Everest Base Camp and the ending point was at the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar at 3446 metres.

The course is a measured 42 km over rough mountain trails.

Second was Bhim Bahadur Gurung of Nepal Army who timed 3 hours 54 minutes 20 seconds while DB Kalung of Sotang, Solukhumbu reached the finish line in 4 hours 4 minutes to secure his third position.

In women’s race, Kabita Muskan Nachhiring of Gudel was first with5 hours 59 minutes while Asmita Nachhiring of the same place reached the finish line in 6 hr 33 minutes and Beth Thompson of UK third was second.

The first, second and third will receive a cash prize that carries a purse of Rs. 80,000 Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 30,000 respectively.

About 59 runners from countries including Nepal, UK, Austria, America, New Zealand, Denmark, and Netherlands had taken part in the event, held every two years.

The race is a non-profit-making venture organised by Bufo Ventures.

 

 

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