Guatemalan Mother Of Six Runs L.A. Marathon In Traditional Mayan Clothes
Running in sandals is probably not the ideal shoe to protect your feet and joints, but when it’s all you know it’s actually perfectly fine. In 2017, we were stunned to hear about an indigenous runner who competed in a marathon in Mexico and won the race. Now we’re seeing another woman running for a cause similarly in Los Angeles and showing off her indigenous clothing and spirit in the urban environment.
María del Carmen Tun Cho, a 46-year-old mother of six, ran the Los Angeles Marathon in traditional Mayan clothing and shoes.
Cho speaks the indigenous language of Q’eqchi and is from Guatemala —this was her second marathon. Cho had said she didn’t care to place in the race. Her primary goal was to represent her community, run for equality, and to show women’s capability.
“When I came to Los Angeles I had planned to run 21 kilometers, but, being here, I thought I had to do all the competition and show that women can. I thought I have to do the 42 kilometers, I have to make you want, to show that women are not worthless just because they wear the typical dress, I wanted to make it clear that women are worthy, ” Cho said in an interview with Prensa Libre.
Among 20,000 runners, she placed 6,919 overall, and 1,905 in the women’s division.
She clocked in at 4:47:22. Amazingly, Cho told NBC News that her training isn’t’ all that complicated.
“What I eat is nothing more than beans, tomatoes, chili,” she told NBC.
Cho’s trip to the L.A. Marathon was hosted by Los Angeles activists including Teofilo Barrientos, who wanted to get her message out to the masses.
“We want to make clear that María del Carmen Tun Cho was not looking for time or record, but to leave a message to the women of the world, that society opens their eyes to the indigenous woman, who also have the right to breathe a useful life,” Barrientos told Prensa Libre.
Here’s more on her incredible story, and the moment she crossed the finished line.
Way to go, Cho. Your success at the marathon is something we should all be celebrating. Thank you for pushing the boundaries of what people think women are capable of to show them that they are wrong about women and their capabilities.