EPIC was all the runner’s had to say as they finished stage 5 of The Elements Everest Trail Race at the Monastery at Tengboche, the Himalayan backdrop of Everest, Lohtse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam providing context to the journey undertaken.
For the first time in ETR history, the race went beyond Tengboche taking a stunning high route to Pangboche and return to the iconic Monastery finish line.
Starting in Phakding the runners climbed to Namche at 3402m, proceeded to Syangboche at 3760m passed through Kumjung, Mong La, Phortse and then took a high pass at 4000m to reach Pangboche at 4100m. Finally the finish 3875m, 32km later with 2850m of ascent and 1650m of descent – beyond epic!
It was a feared day, everyone was aware of the challenge and under taking!
It may sound a similar story, but Suman and Anna was at another level. The Nepali completing the journey in just over 4-hours….!
Racing was hard and relentless and today Miguel Heras placed 2nd fighting off injury with a stunning performance making the podium battle once again exciting.
Hans and Gerard once again battled each other hard and the duo were separated by just minutes.
Behind Anna in the women, Nuria Dominguez once again fought hard for 2nd ahead of Manuela.
Today though, the race was all about the route and the best of what the Himalayas have to offer. It was a brave move to re-vamp stage 5 of the ETR with added distance, a new route and extended period at elevation. It’s a decision that the runners loved despite how hard and difficult the journey was.
Tomorrow, the runners return to Lukla via Namche and Phading in the final finish line of the 2019 ETR.
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Day 5 Results:
Suman Kulung Rai 4:04:35
Miguel Heras 4:27:03
Hans Smedsrod 4:43:01
Anna Comet 5:17:11
Nuria Dominguez 5:47:42
Manuela Vilaseca 5:50:23
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