We are in full awe of María Lorena Ramírez, the 22-year-old Rarámuri runner who gained an ultramarathon April 29 in Puebla. Not solely is she unimaginable for being one among the quickest long-distance runners from the indigenous group in Chihuahua, however she gained the gained the females’ 50-kilometer class of the Ultra Trail Cerro Rojo… sporting a skirt and primary sandals on her ft.
This is one superb lady.
Running and strolling lengthy distances have been part of Maria’s and her households life for a lot of generations. In her village, she works on a regular basis herding goats and cattle, strolling 10 to 15 kilometers together with her livestock – which helped practice her to win second place final yr in the 100-kilometer class of the Caballo Blanco ultramarathon in Chihuahua, and she or he stored competing from there.
According to the BBC, the space the place she lives just isn’t solely recognized for nice runners, however athletes who develop up operating in naked ft or the sandals comprised of recycled tire rubber that Maria wore. It’s part of their life and tradition and what they’re used to, which is superb inside itself.
Maria gained the ultramarathon whereas carrying solely a bottle of water over a interval of seven hours and three minutes and gained her 6,000 pesos in money. Race organizer, Orlando Jiménez stated, “She carried no special accessories. She didn’t bring any gel, nor energy sweets, walking stick, glasses or those very expensive running shoes that everyone wears to run in the mountains. Just a bottle of water, her hat and a kerchief.”
Her story wasn’t sponsored by Nike, like many runners, however hope that her identify is shouted from the rooftops as a result of we might all use a task mannequin like her in our lives.