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Mexican ultramarathon star becomes first woman to achieve punishing feat.
Mexican ultramarathon runner Alex “Chikorita” Roudayna has made history by becoming the first woman to climb three volcanoes in less than 24 hours. Here is all you need to know:
– The 30-year-old practiced taekwondo and rowing as a child before she became obsessed by running in adulthood that has lead to a training regime of eight to 10 hours a day in a sport that “stops her from thinking”.
– Roudayna, who won the 2016 and 2017 editions of the Spartan Race in Mexico, wanted to test herself even further with a unique challenge in her home country.
– The México City native set out to reach the top of Pico de Orizaba, Iztaccíhuatl and Nevado de Toluca in one day accompanied by intrepid Red Bull Media House photographer Marcos Ferro with adventure film director Helios Nieto along to produce a short film ‘Tres Picos’.
– Extreme weather, inhospitable terrain and heavy traffic were additional obstacles that the team encountered as they attempted to ascend the three volcano summits.
– The team managed to achieve the daunting feat in 22 hours, which represented a big triumph for Roudayna who was not used to facing both the tough mountain terrain and her own fears in such a challenging way.