Wearing a traditional long green, red and white dress and huaraches sandals, Lorena Ramírez became the first female runner of the Rarámuri, an indigenous people in northern Mexico, to compete in Spain’s Cajamar Tenerife Bluetrail ultramarathon this month — and she did the damn thing.
Last week, the 23-year-old joined 2,400 racers at the esteemed competition, placing third in the senior category (for those between 18 to 39 years old) and fifth in the women’s category.
The course for the race, the second-highest in the country, reaches 3,555 meters, and Ramirez successfully ran the stoney mountain in her traditional flat sandals made of recycled tires.
As if that weren’t impressive enough, it’s been reported that she also ran “without a hydration vest, without running shoes, without Lycra and compression socks, without any of those gadgets used by the runners of today.”
Ramírez, who was invited to attend the ultramarathon after winning the females’ 50-kilometer category of the Ultra Trail Cerro Rojo last year in Puebla, participated alongside her brother, who came in 22nd place in the general race, and sister, who was not so far behind her at 15 in the women’s race.
To learn more about the fierce athlete, watch a video from Verne above.