This Latina Broke The Marathon World Record At Just 16 Years Old And We’re Starting To Think She’s A Super-Human
At 12, Blanca Ramirez broke a global marathon record. At 16, she’s running to top her only competition: herself.
In 2015, The La Puenta, Calif.-based teen became the youngest female runner to complete seven marathons in seven different continents, running in Rwanda, New Zealand, Paraguay, China, France and Antarctica.
Her interest in international marathons started when she was 10 years old. She had just completed a long-distance running race in Disneyland and was hungry for more. She told her dad she wanted to beat the world record, but he thought she was joking at first.
“It seemed like it was something impossible,” her father Dimas Ramirez told NBC News. “I told her to prove to me she could run a marathon. She ran a 5K, then a 10K and-a-half marathon and then I let her do the Los Angeles Marathon.”
After proving to her dad that she’s fully capable of running around the world, and beating records while she’s at it, the Mexican-American teen is doing it once more — this time with the accompaniment of her younger brother.
Jordan, 9, completed his first marathon in Australia at age 8. He then ran in Egypt, crossed Europe off his list when he did 26.2 miles in London and then took to Thailand. Now, he and his big sis are headed to Antarctica and then South America. He plans to finish off in the US next April.
For Blanca, who has already accomplished the task her brother faces, joining him has been a way to show support and have some fun competition.
“At the end, we try to have a competition of who can cross the finish line first, even though we’re standing next to each other,” she told KTLA 5. “So we can be still next to each other, but I’ll make sure my foot passes it first.”
As for their dad, he’s proud of both of his children meeting their goals — but he’s also looking forward to it for reasons of his own.
“Dad’s very exhausted and I need a break,” he said. “Or they need to pick another sport.”