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  Marathon runners tackle Mount Everest
Updated 19 May 2003, 13.29
The marathon runners took on a tough task
A marathon race with a difference has been run in Nepal, with 35 people running it on the world's highest mountain.

The race took place on Mount Everest, and is the highest marathon ever run, in really tough conditions.

The course was 5,000 metres above sea level, and at that height the temperature is below freezing and there is half as much oxygen as normal.

If a normal climber was to walk the course it would take them two or three days, but organisers were hoping the winner of the race would finish inside four hours.

50 years since first climb

The race is happening to remember the first successful climb of Mount Everest, which happened on 29 May 50 years ago.

New Zealander Sir Edmund Hilary was the first man to reach the top of the mountain, accompanied by a local Nepalese man called Tenzing Norgay.

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