19th Mar 2018

2018 Everest Marathon!!

Fundraised to date

$0 $5000

About the project

We have some exciting news to share!! Active Hearts team members Melissa McArtney and Elder Bejar are representing us in the Everest Marathon 2018, the world’s most spectacular race!

The race is run on May 29th which is the anniversary of Hillary and Tenzings first Everest summit. The Everest Marathon is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the highest marathon in the world. The start line is at Gorak Shep 5184m (17,000 feet), close to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. The finish is at the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar at 3446m (11,300 feet) and the course is a measured 42 km (26.2 miles) over rough mountain trails.

Heres a message from Mel: 

Namaste! I'm Mel, I grew up in NZ and spent lots of time in the outdoors which lead me to guiding for Active Adventures firstly in NZ and then Nepal. It's now been 6 years with Active and over 3 years working in Nepal. Nepal is an incredible country with amazing people, many of whom are my family away from home. I first got involved with Active Hearts during the devastating earthquakes of 2015. As there were no more trips I was able to put my time towards helping those in need with Active Hearts. Since then I have been helping out where I can and have had the chance to attend three of the Active Hearts library openings, all very special occasions. Now I would like to give back to Nepal so in May I will run the Tengzing Hillary marathon: 42 km starting at Everest Base Camp at 5364m and finishing in Namche bazaar 3700m (I wish it was all down hill!) If anybody would like to support Nepal through the Active Hearts Foundation and my crazy race, any donations would be greatly appreciated. Hopefully through this challenge of completing my very first marathon I can raise funds for future Active Hearts projects!!


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A message from Elder:

I’m Elder originally from Peru. I started guiding in the jungle in Peru where I grew up so you can call me Jungle Boy. Now I live in New Zealand and I’ve been guiding here and in Nepal the last few years, showing people awesome places around the world and working with Active Adventures for the last 7 years, Wahooo time flies when you’re having fun!! When I moved to NZ I met an awesome Kiwi called Dan (DK) who was doing some awesome work in Nepal and had created an incredible charity to help out local communities. I got really interested in this project and the amount of work DK does there is just fantastic and I thought to myself, I really want to be part of such a rewarding challenge and make people happy. I’m running the Everest marathon to raise money for the charity and help my friend bring smiles and satisfaction around the remote villages in Nepal. Namaste DK for letting me be part of this awesome dream. Nepal has given me a lot and taught me a lot so now it’s time to give back and say Namaste Nepal! Now, time to kick my training up a gear!!


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