A team of girls brought together by the most popular sport in the world: running. On a mission to raise a stack of cash and awareness for the charity A Chacun son Everest. How? By running the world’s highest marathon : The Everest Marathon - in May 2014.
The luckiest girls in the world?
The Neverest Girls are a group of passionate female runners based in Chamonix . We're not elite athletes, but we push ourselves to our own personal limits. We love to nothing more than running in the mountains, encouraging each other and enjoying the views. Running for us is not a solitary pursuit, but a team effort. Running is our passion, our support system, our freedom. We work hard, play hard, run hard. And we know how lucky we are!
A Chacun son Everest is a Chamonix based charity offering care and support for women who are battling breast cancer. The centre specialises in confidence building, friendship forging and helping each and everyone of the cancer patients to keep challenging themselves, to keep reaching for their own 'Everest'.
The charity relies solely on donations and we are hoping to raise 3000 euros per Neverest Girl – the cost of one woman staying for the week at the A Chacun son Everest centre. Our trip to Nepal is self funded and all proceeds from the Neverest Girls go straight to charity!
The Everest Marathon:
On May 29th 2014, The Neverest Girls will take part in the world's highest marathon: The Everest Marathon. 42.195 km (26.2 miles) over rough mountain trails at high altitude. This is not your average running race! Even for a fit group of girls who are used to running on mountain trails, the Everest Marathon will be an enormous physical and mental challenge.
The Everest Marathon starts from Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,598ft) and finishes at Namche Bazaar (3446m/11306ft). It's essentially downhill (apart from 2 steep uphill sections). But that's certainly not to say it's easy!
The girls will need to spend 3 weeks walking just to get to the start line of the race! At 5364m, their bodies will be battling lack of oxygen, cold temperatures and often uncomfortable living conditions. Adapting to high altitude takes time and getting to Base Camp will be tough enough. As their bodies acclimatise the girls may experience unpleasant acclimatisation symptoms including breathlessness, headaches, difficulty sleeping and loss of appetite. Full blown altitude sickness is life-threatening and it's vital that the girls are in peak physical condition before they even think about tackling this race. Getting to Everest Base Camp is a mission in itself. Running this Marathon - at over 5000m - is the challenge of a lifetime.
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