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Flying start for Everest Marathon fundraiser

4th April, 2022

This May, Sunny Coast dad and health staff member Lee Holmes will be taking on his biggest fitness challenge yet – competing in the highest and most adventurous marathon in the world – all while raising funds for Wishlist.

Lee will take on the Mt Everest Marathon in Nepal, crisscrossing the Sherpa trails of Khumbu Valley for 42km on May 29, and will be the only Australian competing in the marathon this year.

The avid runner will trek 10 days to base camp before the marathon commences – an incredible feat for the local who only took up running about four years ago.

Lee Holmes preparing for the Mt Everest Marathon.

So how is Lee preparing?

“I run between 80 and 120km a week. The hills that we have I try and run them,” the 51-year-old says.

What he can’t prepare for is the potential for altitude sickness.

“It’s just try your best,” he explains.

“I fly in on May 15 and we leave the following day May 16 to trek (10 days) to Everest Base Camp.”

Through this epic challenge, which Lee hopes to complete between six and eight hours, the Nursing Director will be raising funds to support patients in hospital suffering symptoms of delirium.

“I have teamed up with Sunshine Coast hospital charity Wishlist to fund resources like iPads, games, blankets, robotic dogs and other distractive resources for a special project I am setting up to care for confused older patients within our hospital service.” 

Help Lee reach his goal – click here.

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