A 44-year-old woman who ignored her husband and son's request not to compete at a marathon on Mount Everest claimed her second title in the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon, clocking in at 6 hours, 2 minutes and 10 seconds. Ang Dami Sherpa, a Nepalese woman who is three months pregnant with her fourth child, told Republica that she had run the marathon every year since 2006.
"My husband and son had asked me not to run. But I consulted with a doctor and he suggested that I could run if it did not make me feel difficult," she added. "Actually I wanted to go to the Base Camp, go around and hang out with friends."
According to the report, Ang Dami Sherpa never trained specifically for the race, but got her workouts with travel between Namache Bazaar to her home in Thame, which are about 4 kilometers apart. She told the Republica that she also hopes to one day climb Mount Everest.
Runner's World reports that the race starts at Everest Base Camp (at an altitude of 17,598 feet), and goes around mountain trails to the finish at Namche Bazaar (at an altitude of 11,306 feet). The Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon has been held since 2003 and is the world's highest trail running event.
An American resident, Tara Ketner, came in third, finishing in 7:28:10.