In a proud moment for Qatar, the 35-year record held by the Everest Marathon has been broken by Z Adventure, a Qatar-based adventure travel company that successfully hosted the best trail running event on Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. I was.
Held on July 15th, the Uhuru Peak Challenge consisted of four events. V1000, half, full, ultramarathon. A strong group of 30 runners from 12 different nationalities landed in Arusha, the gateway to Kilimanjaro, on 8 July to take part in this grueling adventure race on the ‘Roof of Africa’.
At 5,895 meters above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. The group consisted of very experienced marathon runners from all over the world and a few novices signed up for the adventure.
After a mandatory trekking briefing and gear check, participants began the five-day acclimatization trek towards the peak. Kilimanjaro trekking involves trekking through five different climatic zones to reach the peak of Uhuru. The Bushland Zone is the first part where the runner climbs to his 1,800m. The next day, participants trek through rainforest and camp at 2,800m. His third day of trekking takes runners into the Moorland/Heather Zone with overnight camping at 4,000m. Then we reach the alpine zone at 4,980m where two of the toughest runs begin in preparation for the start of the race.
The first race was the V1000, a 1,000m vertical climb from the Arctic Circle to Uhuru Peak. The V1000 course is certified by the International Skyrunning Federation and is considered the highest altitude skyrace in the world.
4.3km, climbing 1,000m from 4,980m to 5,895m above sea level to reach the summit. This was no small feat. Runners endured freezing temperatures, thin air, and altitude sickness as they worked their way to the summit. Switzerland’s Jack Haug and Germany’s Tamina Vogel won the men’s and women’s.
Upon reaching the top, runners lined up for the customary summit photo at the summit before starting the next race. Half Marathon, Full Marathon, Ultra Marathon. Exhausted, they slowly embarked on the next stage of running down the mountain in hopes of taking part in this historic, record-breaking event and completing the distance. The International Trial Running Association accredited course was not for the faint of heart. In the downhill race, he ran through all five climate zones in one day, including rocky terrain, slippery slopes and steep drops in altitude, before reaching the base of the mountain to complete the race.
The youngest member of the group, 17-year-old Scottish runner and World Spartan Age Group Champion Harvey Mitchell Divers, won the Half Marathon (Men) event with a time of 3:22:58, while Tamina Vogel was second. Finished. she is the first woman. In the marathon and ultramarathon, Jack Haug won his ultramarathon, Alexander Scherz won his full marathon, and all his Swiss victories. Karla Nelson of the United States wins the women’s marathon.
For most runners, it was a life-changing experience, and even the most experienced marathoners found the race to be the toughest of their running careers. Endorsed as the highest altitude trail half, full and ultra marathon, breaking the 35-year record held by the Everest Marathon.
By working with Kiliwarrior Expeditions to successfully host the race, Z Adventures now holds six Guinness World Records for high altitude running events.
In 2019, the Khunjerab Pass in Pakistan, at an altitude of 4,693 meters, hosted the world’s highest road half, full and ultra marathons. The company organizes marathons in his 40+ countries across 6 continents. Qatar hosts more than 30 events a year as part of the Qatar Running Series, with regular events at various parks and trails.
This stellar achievement pleases Ziyad Rahim, the brains behind Z Adventures. Himself, in long-distance running, he holds 10 Guinness World Records and is the first athlete in the world to complete an Ultra he marathon, a full he marathon and a half he marathon on each continent.
Ziyad told the Gulf Times: Being the highest altitude running event in the world, it required an extensive risk assessment. Proud of all runners. “
http://www.gulf-times.com/story/722127/Qatar-based-adventure-travel-entity-breaks-Guinnes Qatar-based adventure travel company breaks Guinness World Records