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In the end of April, a 22-year-old woman from Tarahumara indigenous community in Mexico won an ultramarathon (50km) wearing sandals made of recycled tire rubber.

María Lorena Ramírez left behind herself 500 runners from twelve countries in the female category of the Ultra Trail Cerro Rojo in Puebla, central Mexico. Interestingly, Maria ran with no professional equipment and, reportedly, her sandals were made from recycled tire rubber. In Mexico, Tarahumara are known as excellent runners. Even though race took place on April 29, the word about Maria’s victory was spread only now.

Tarahumara referred to as excellent runners. According to a marathon runner Christopher McDougall and his book Born to Run, Tarahumara are able to run extremely long distances. Traditionally, they used to live in widely-dispersed settlements and covered overwhelmingly long distances to visit adjacent villages, trade and hunt. They used to run in groups, supporting each other and conveying the youth through difficulties of long-distance running. McDougall says Tarahumara perceive running as a fine art, it also partly shapes religious ceremonies, traditional competitions and games where men, women and children partake. To stay hydrated over the time of running, they consume vast amounts of corn beer that is rich in carbohydrates. And the most stunning is that Tarahumara run in very thin home-made sandals called ‘huaraches’, which means barefoot.

Further interesting fact is that María Lorena Ramírez wore a skirt and a scarf in the race and had no professional training. She managed to complete the race in seven hours and three minutes and won 6,000 pesos (320 U.S. dollars). Some reporters claimed that her every day job is herding cattle; she walks up to 15 km per day.

Last year, Maria participated in an ultramarathon (100km run) in Caballo Blanco, Chihuahua, where she came second.

Article source: BBC