Staff and Students Invited to Participate in Mt. Everest Virtual Race
Sarah Bailey, D.C. Everest Mandarin Instructor, is challenging D.C. Everest students and staff members to take on Mount Everest. Ms. Bailey, herself an avid runner who competes in marathons and ultramarathons around the globe, has partnered with Great Britain Ultras to offer DCE students and staff the opportunity to participate in one of the toughest races on the planet — the Mt. Everest Race — virtually.
Utilizing the same mapping technology as the actual event in the Himalayas, participants can select a distance of their choice — 5km, 10km, Half-Marathon, Marathon, 100km and 135 miles — and run or walk from any location between October 5 to November 26. Participantsdo not need to complete their chosen distance in one go. Instead, using the race’s mapping technology, they can report their distance and follow their progress —and those of other participants — on their virtual map.
The route virtual race participants will follow is inspired by the “Classic Everest Base Camp Trail” from Jiri in Nepal to Everest Base Camp, which was covered by Everest climbers in the early 20th century.
This event has been kindly sponsored by Great Britain Ultras and registration is free. Participants are encouraged to sign up before 4 October, and must complete their distance before 1pm on November 26, 2020. Virtual racers can view the leaderboard at any time. The winner of each race will be the person who accumulated the required distance first.
“This is a challenging period for many of us,” notes Mrs. Bailey, “ and now, more than ever, it’s important that we reap the benefits of getting outside and moving. Whether you run or walk, it does not matter — I encourage everyone to sign up and complete their chosen race distance. This virtual event is about getting motivated, having a purpose to get out there and move, establishing healthy habits, and coming ‘together’ virtually as a school community.”