Leaving Tengboche the race retraces elements of stage-5 to Phakding but as opposed to previous year’s, at Sensa the runners did not go right to the Kumjung Valley. Instead they followed the main route Namche Bazaar the ETR then re-traces stage 5 all the way to Phakding and then as the trail heads back to Kharikhola, a left turn leads to the final climb and the swinish line in Lukla.
The stage is mostly downhill with 3183m of descent in comparison to 2105m of ascent over the 30km course. It’s a tough way to finish a race, but the rewards are worth it! After the high elevation from the previous day, the additional oxygen made the km’s easier.
Both Suman and Anna have been on fire all week and on the final day, it was no difference. The duo pushed and pushed but at all times looked in control and relaxed. Suman actually just looked to be having fun… Playing in the mountains. The pace of them both was quite ridiculous.
Behind Anna, Manuela and Nuria once again traded blows, pushing each other and in doing so, found greater individual performances.
For the men, it was a real battle with Hans, Miguel and Gerard not taking things easy and all fighting for the 2nd and 3rd places on the overall podium.
At the finish line, Manuela beat Nuria, 4:10:45 to 4:19:22 and in doing so, secured her overall 2nd place just as in 2018.
Hans was the first home after Suman, then Miguel and Gerard together. Suman crossed the tape in an incredible 2:46:25 and then the respective times were 3:01:24 and 3:06:39.
Suman Kulung and Anna Comet are crowned the 2019 Elements Everest Trail Race champions but all credit goes to each and every finisher. At 170km, this race may not be the longest but it is surely one of the toughest! The combination of tough technical terrain, relentless climbing and descending and of course altitude, all combine to make the ETR a race to do!
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Day 6 Results:
Suman Kulung Rai 2:46:25
Hans Smedsrod 3:01:24
Miguel Heras and Gerard Morales 3:06:39
Anna Comet 3:45:33
Nuria Dominguez 4:10:45
Manuela Vilaseca 4:19:22
The 2019 Elements Everest Trail Race final classification
Suman Kulung Rai 20:51:36
Gerard Morales 23:28:29
Hans Smedsrod 23:54:13
Anna Comet 26:20:56
Manuela Vilaseca 29:29:05
Nuria Dominguez 30:03:47
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