MINOT, N.D. - Ryan Wagner recently traveled to Nepal to set a world record. But he didn't go to climb; he went to run.
Photo courtesy: Ryan Wagner
Wagner and his teammates, Scott Loughney and Uprenda Sunawar, completed The Everest Mail Run, a journey inspired by mail carriers in the Himalayas.
"Back in the day, that's how they got mail up to the people that were climbing. People had to bring it from Kathmandu and then they ran it up to Everest Base Camp to give the people that were climbing their mail. And then they would come back. So that's kind of how it initially started. And then we just decided to do it nowadays," said Wagner.
The 400-mile round trip runs from Kathmandu to the base camp and back.
Wagner has run competitively since 2008, and he worked with Loughney over the course of a year and a half in planning the trip.
The Mail Run Route is known for its challenges, both physical and mental, with its high altitudes and harsh terrain.
But Wagner was up to the challenge.
“For me it was just an adventure, I'm always looking for an adventure and North Dakota I don't get to see too many mountains. And just to experience a different area of the world as see how other people live and it's just extraordinary how people live there. I mean it's unbelievable it's so different from here it gives you such a perspective.” Wagner said.
The team set the record for fastest time traveled at nine days, 23 hours and 21 minutes.
The record was recorded on fastestknowntime.com