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The Polish Medical Mission is proud to be the partner of the Kilimanjaro Extreme Marathon - the highest marathon in the world. Anna Gregorczyk and Ewa Piekarska from PMM will provide medical care for the participants. Marathon cooperation is also an opportunity to explore the conditions, needs and opportunities that we can launch in this region by organizing a specialized training program in rescue, including mountain rescue.
As Iwona El-Tanbouli Jabłońska writes on the National geographic website:
“Kilithon is the highest marathon in the world. To get to it, you have to go to the highest peak of Africa - Kilimanjaro (5895 m.n.m.). You do not have to have climbing skills to get there, and yet not one of them succeeds. Out of the starting line, the racers will set off in the real race to the bottom of the crater. The trekking will begin 5 days before the start day and will run along the Umbwe road. This is one of the more demanding. It is shorter but more steep. This is not the end of the difficulty. The last night is planned at Crater Camp at 5750 m. After that night it's hard to talk about rest and recovery. The height will certainly be felt for the participants of the expedition as well as the runners themselves. Kilithon is organized and originatored by the Polish - Michał Gawron. / ... /In the first pilot Kilithon run there will be racers from around the world. In terms of safety they will be in really good hands. The Polish Medical Mission, composed of Ewa Piekarska and Anna Gregorczyk, took medical care over the event.
PMM has been operating in the East African region for years. Provides training in the field of specialist rescue. Piotr Dymus, a sports photographer, will take care of the film, and Maciej Jabłoński from F11 Studio will prepare the film. Guides on this African land will be: Hamadi Gao, who was at Kilimanjaro over 200 times and Anna Pontus, a mountaineer and a runner. /.../ “
More about marathon here: http://kiliextrememarathon.com