Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude” – Zig Ziglar.

Over a quiet beer one day, four adventure loving mates were discussing their various mountainy, endurance event achievements. Likening themselves to extreme adventurers, once you have accomplished a large ‘bucket list’ item you naturally set your sights for a higher-level challenge to achieve. After much discussion and hydration, they decided they needed to go high, really high, and long distance, “Let’s run around Everest!”

Introducing – Colin ‘Chappy Fair Play’ Chapman, Russell ‘Humpty’ Simpson, Paul ‘Chicken Legs’ May and Colin ‘HMC’ Thomson. Four mates that have set their sights on completing a Full Marathon on the heights of Everest! Spending a long period of time in very close proximity to your team mates means there’s no time for ego’s and each team member has had to prove they have the right attitude towards the challenge and their fellow team members to make the cut. 

Since 2003 the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon is conducted to commemorate the first successful ascent of Everest by the Late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and the Late Sir Edmund Hillary on 29th May, 1953.

This adventure starts in Lukla, a half hour flight from Kathmandu, where entrants will set off on a 10 Day trek to Everest Base Camp. The altitude in Lukla is 2860m.

The Full Marathon then starts from the Everest Base Camp at the Khumbu Icefall at 5356m altitude, and finishes at Namche Bazaar. The measured distance of the marathon is 42.195 km over rough mountain trails.

The level of fitness required for this event is in the extreme range, as not only are runners negotiating ice, snow and rocky terrain, they are also running at high altitude. Not a day trek through the Rimutakas that’s for sure.

As part of this challenge, the team are fundraising to support Heart Kids, a charity that supports children all around New Zealand that are born with broken hearts. The numbers are large, it is in fact New Zealand’s highest occurring serious birth defect with 12 babies born every week with this condition.

A heart kid is someone who is born with one or more life threatening heart defects. These can range from a hole in the heart to complex conditions where one half of the heart doesn’t work, or the valves are not formed properly. A lot of heart kids will never get the chance to take part in an adventure like this. Their hearts wouldn’t be able to cope with the pressure or lack of oxygen – they deal with that challenge every day. For many even attending school camp isn’t an option. In addition, sadly around 40 babies a year lose their battle and become heart angels.

Here's how you can help:

You can make a donation to support any of the guys by clicking on one of their buttons above. If you really want to make a big difference you can buy a wish for a heart kid.

When you picture Nepal, the Himalayas and Base Camp in your mind, it’s not just the altitude and sheer majesty of the mountains you think of, it’s also the prayer flags that are dotted along mountain trails, outside of Nepalese homes and temples. The team will take 42 individual wish flags with them to Base Camp on Everest, and will fly them on the eve of the marathon. Each wish represents 1 kilometre of the marathon we'll be competing in. You are able to purchase one or more heart children’s wishes to be taken on this journey.  

Your logo will be printed on the flag along with the child’s wish. After this adventure is complete and your wish has returned from Everest, it will be framed, along with a photo of them flying at Base Camp and sent to you.

How else could your logo go all the way to Everest Base Camp? 

Wishes start at $3,500. The final kilometre is worth twice that don’t you think?

If you donate $3500 for a wish, you will be contacted to supply your logo and it will also be added to this page.

Once you have donated you will be able to follow their highs and lows of training for this adventure, as well as keep up to date of their progress as they make the long trek to base camp. 

Please dig deep and help the four mountaineers make a difference for heart kids from 17,600 feet!

Thank you.

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 colin chapman

russell simpson

Paul may


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Heart Kids NZ provides support for children and their families from birth right through to adulthood. Hospital and local support, coffee and support groups, camps and education forums are part of their core services. 

They aren’t the biggest charity around, but they have a huge task. There are over 600 babies born each year in New Zealand with a heart defect. That makes it the #1 serious birth defect in the country. 

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