The Everest Marathon is only suitable for runners with off-road running experience and road marathon experience is not sufficient.
Some people are mature enough to be able to manage the rigours and responsibility of trekking to high altitude when they are young and some are still going well long after the age of 70. So there are no definite age limits, just a guideline of between 21 and 70 years. Please get in touch if you're younger or older and feel capable of completing the trek and marathon safely.
All participants must join the group in Kathmandu so that our medical team can monitor everyones health throughout the trek.
In Kathmandu the group will start the process of getting to know each other and forming the OEM culture of looking after each other.
The exception to this is the race director allowing high-performing athletes, who are already fully acclimatised, to join the group at Namche Bazaar or Lobuche.
All participants are required to sign a disclaimer certifying that they are participating at their own risk.
Allowing plenty of time to acclimatise naturally, we expect everyone to be able to run the full marathon. Every runner must pass a medical examination at Lobuche before continuing to the start at Gorak Shep.
If any competitors haven't acclimatised by this point, they will be able to join the marathon from a lower altitude and run a shorter course. And come back the following year to gain the coveted medal!
Our Health team may withdraw any runner from the trek or marathon if they feel that continuing will endanger the runner or anyone else. We will give runners help and encouragement but any decision to withdraw them is final.
Tengboche – 14 miles: 12.30 pm
Chorkhung – 20 miles: 2.30 pm
Runners must reach the cut-off points by these times and must be in a fit condition to leave after a further 15 minutes, or withdraw from the race.
All runners must wear or carry the following kit:
- long sleeved thermal top and leg cover
- waterproof (taped seams) and windproof hooded jacket and trousers
- hat - that keeps out cold and wind
- gloves or mittens
- emergency bivvy bag
- head torch with a new battery
- tracker (provided by OEM) secured to a rucksack shoulder strap
The spirit of the event
The nature of the terrain and the altitude means that should anyone have an accident or become ill during the marathon, it's potentially very serious. There will always be a doctor, team leader and medical porter behind the slowest runner and marshals will be at each control point to take care of anything that happens. By using trackers, we are building in another layer of security, but we still ask that everyone signs up to taking repsonsibility to provide appropriate assistance to any other runner, should it be needed.
If this happens and you lose time in the race, we will be able to a make an adjustment based on your tracker data. The decision of the Race Director will be final.