Calgary Runner Places Third in the Tenzing Hillary Everest Half Marathon
Kurt Kowalchuk, a Calgary man finished third in the 10th Annual Tenzing Hillary Everest Half Marathon May 29, 2012.
This grueling race is held to commemorate the summiting of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norguay. Kurt finished the race in 3 hours and 37 minutes which is absolutely amazing since the race is held at high altitude. Starting at Dingoche, a small village at 4,400 meters on the way to Mount Everest, the race follows a trekking route which is mainly dusty, rocky and winds itself along the most spectacular scenery in the Himalayas. The race ended at Namche Bazar at elevation 3,440 meters.
Kurt recently ran the Calgary Police half marathon and has participated in other races namely the Harvest Half as well as the Canmore half marathon. In preparation for this race Kurt has been training extensively, running and skiing this past winter; staying healthy. This is Kurt's first achievement of his retirement as an owner of the local IT Company Groundswell Group.
Congratulations to Kurt on this amazing achievement!
About the Tenzing Hillary Everest Half Marathon:
The Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon is an International High Altitude Adventure Sports event held at Mt. Everest Base Camp every year on May 29th. The race crisscrosses the Highland Sherpa Trails of Khumbu Valley, to commemorate the historical ascent of Mount Everest by late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary on May 29, 1953.
The marathon event is to salute these two great heroes who ventured out to the unknown and made it to the top of the summit of mother earth.
The Everest marathon is the world’s highest and toughest marathon. It is known as the ultimate mountain race and is open for all high altitude running enthusiasts about 18 years of age with sound mind and body.
For more information regarding the marathon visit: http://www.everestmarathon.com/
For an interview or to speak with Kurt Kowalchuk call: 403-852-7686