photo Kevin Molloy
American Matt Carpenter of Manitou Springs, Colorado, has set the first official world marathon altitude record recognized by the Association of International Marathons (AIMS) for events held on certified courses above 4,000 metres. Carpenter won the Fila Everest Sky Marathon on October 7 in a time of 2:52:57. It was held at an altitude of 4,400 metres or 14,435 feet.
Italian ultra journalist Franco Ranciaffi reports that the previous unofficial record was 2:56:08, also set by Carpenter in Tibet in 1996. Born June 20, 1964, Carpenter trained for the race at his home in Colorado. He has won a series of Sky Marathons since 1993.
Second place in the race went to Stefano Sartori of Italy (born 1965).
Sartori is the 1998 Italian 100Km Champion (6:59:22). It was his first Sky
Fila Everest Sky Marathon
Tingri, Tiget - 7 October 1998
altitude: 4400m: first AIMS recognized marathon over 4,000m
1. Carpenter Matt USA 2:52:57 (first official world altitude marathon record) 2. Sartori Stefano ITA 3:26:04 3. Cardona Joan ESP 3:34:49 4. Rodriguez Martin MEZ 3:55:11 5. Martino Giovanni ITA 3:57:39 6. Phinzu Sonam NEP 4:37:37 7. Colombo Stefano ITA 4:50:19 8. Nima NEP 4:51:06 9. Dian Claudio ITA 4:52:09 16 competitors
Finishers at 27.500 Kilometres
Sona Dawa NEP 2:01:55 Tundrup Pasan NEP 2:33:30 Noarbu NEP 2:33:30
Finishers at km 21.975 Kilometres
Dawa Tzering NEP 1:55:30 Greco Michele ITA 2:29:50 Angelucci Carlo ITA 2:32:07
Finishers at km 19,700 Kilometres
Jones Hugh UK 1:28:53