This Legend Just Ran 100k Across The Tarahumara Mountains And Became Our Ultimate Life Goals

.... And she did it in sandals

Photo via: Twitter

This woman just ran 100 kilometres across a mountain in a long skirt, a One Direction t-shirt and sandals, and became our new hero.

The anonymous female runner, who has captured the imagination of the internet through the photo above, joined the official race with other local, indigenous runners in Guachochi, Chihuahua state, Mexico last week. Many of them beat their professional athlete counterparts, with 27 year old local Miguel Lara walking away as the overall winner.

This follows only months after a 22 year old Tarahumara woman won the Ultra Trail Cerro Rojo in Puebla, in central Mexico, wearing shoes made of rubber tyres. The communities that live in the Tarahumara mountains are famously good at running. Author Christopher Mcdougall explored their running culture in his work, finding that they treat the sport as a spiritual experience and a solid party of their community.


There’s a lot of mythology created around running and the running industry in the western world nowadays. You can spend weeks reading up on the best kind of training to do, best foods to eat, best clothes to wear, all before you’ve even laced up your trainers and stepped out on to the pavement.

With all this information out there, it can feel at times like running is a specialist and exclusive activity and not available to the normal person. This is why we’re so inspired by this photo of a woman running without a Garmin, or energy gels or special high wick absorbing clothes, proving that it most definitely is.

Next time we get home from work and find a million reasons to not go out and run for half an hour, we’re going to channel this runner and get out there!


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