FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2016, file photo, trekkers make their way to Dingboche, a popular Mount Everest base camp, in Pangboche, Nepal. Nepal celebrated Everest Day on Sunday, May 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa, File)
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Gasping for breath and clad in trekking boots, more than 150 local and foreign runners took part Sunday in the world's highest marathon in the snow-covered foothills of Mount Everest.Runners kicked off the race at 07:00 am local time, with the trail taking them from Everest base camp at a height of 5,364 meters (17,598 feet) to the finishing line about 2,000 meters below in the town of Namche Bazaar.Local soldier Bed Bahadur Sunuwar took first place, completing the 42-kilometer run in four hours and 10 seconds.An avalanche on Everest in 2014 also claimed the lives of 16 Nepali guides and forced a shutdown of the mountain.
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