These 136 runners are lined up at the starting line for the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon, which is the world’s highest marathon. The race starts at Mt. Everest’s Base Camp, which is 17,598 feet above sea level. From there, runners followed a dirt—and sometimes snow-covered—track for 26.2 miles until they reached the finish line in the village of Namche Bazaar, which is at 11, 306 feet.
Since 2003, extreme runners from around the world have come to Nepal for this race. It takes place every May 29th to celebrate the anniversary of when Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa scaled the peak in 1953.
This year’s winner was Sudip Kulung from Nepal. He made completed the 26.2-mile course in 3 hours, 52 minutes, and 9 seconds. What was is average speed for the race in miles per hour?