In the Everest ultra-marathon, runners compete at lung-bursting altitudes of 17,000 feet. This year, one runner spent a night outside, alone and without shelter.

Business Insider | 6/29/2019 | Aylin Woodward
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The annual Mount Everest ultra-marathon starts at Base Camp and ends at Namche Village, a popular stop for mountaineers.

Runners pay up to $2,700 for an all-inclusive trip and the right to compete in the 37-mile (60-kilometer) event.

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This year, a few runners faced challenges during the ultra-marathon: The lodge where they were supposed to stay overnight was closed, which forced one runner to sleep alone outside.

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Vivian Lee arrived at Everest Base Camp on the afternoon of May 27. But she wasn't there to scale the world's tallest peak.

Instead, Lee, a 48-year-old resident of San Diego, California, had come to compete in the Everest ultra-marathon: a 60-kilometer (37-mile) race from the peak's Base Camp to Namche Village, 6,000 feet down the mountain.

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Lee had already run a marathon on every continent, including Antarctica, and also completed the Marathon des Sable, a six-day, 155-mile race in the Sahara Desert. But an ultra-marathon starting at the lung-bursting altitude of 17,515 feet was another matter entirely.

In the Everest ultra, runners climb over ice and rock, their bodies struggling for oxygen as lactic acid pools in cramped, tired legs. The event has been held six times since its inception in 2013 (with a hiatus after the April 2015 Nepal earthquake). Namche Village, the finish line at 11,283 feet, is a popular stop-over for mountaineers hiking to Everest from Lukla airport. The fastest runners tend to reach the village within a day. Others complete the route in two days, stopping overnight in a local lodge.

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The company that runs the event, Everest Marathon, offers a number of packages for those entering the competition, with prices ranging from $999 to $2,700. On average, fewer than 20 people sign up every year, most of them men, and most of from Nepal. This year, foreign participants...
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