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Guatemalan Mother Of Six Runs L.A. Marathon In Traditional Mayan Clothes

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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.

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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.

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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.

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We're 'Un Poco Loco' Over This Mexican Gymnast’s 'Coco' Floor Routine And Charro-Inspired Outfit

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We’re ‘Un Poco Loco’ Over This Mexican Gymnast’s ‘Coco’ Floor Routine And Charro-Inspired Outfit

“Ay mi amor, ay mi amor” — you need to take a look at the energetic performance Ana Lago Serna performed at The Superstars of Gymnastics competition in London. The Mexican gymnast put her culture front and center as she took to the floor while wearing a charro-inspired leotard and even had a sombrero with her (not during the routine, of course). Check out Lago’s floor routine below.

Ana Lago Serna took her Mexican culture and a little bit of “Coco” to London and it is everything.

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Before the first strums of the film’s lively “Un Poco Loco” song, the TV broadcaster says Lago “brought a bit of her Mexican tradition to her performance, her personality shining through.”

Her charro outfit is one of the most magical moments to happen on a gymnastics mat and we are all here for it. Not to mention the way she color-coordinated her sombrero and her leotard. Talk about owning your heritage and being unapologetically yourself no matter what.

Her personality and cultura Mexicana took center stage and she delivered a fun routine as the audience clapped along.


Lago danced and tumbled around the mat and everyone was clearly feeling her vibe. She seems so happy and way into this routine. Honestly, everyone would be ecstatic to share their culture is such a fun and athletic way.

Even the announcer at the stadium was totally into it—you can hear him yell “Vamos” to the crowd while he narrates her performance. You know that you are delivering one amazing routine when the commentators get really into it.

Fans watching online were also taken by Lago’s performance and charro outfit.

Lago looks so comfortable on that floor that it is so easy to get carried way with her performance. Her own excitement about what she does is palpable through the screen. Also, the song really makes the routine pop with culture and sabor.

And that leotard is what everyone is talking about.

Does that leotard come in our size? Asking for a friend. By friend I mean me. I don’t want to start gymnastics or anything. I just want something to wear during the Olympics while I cheer on Mexico without having to buy a full charro outfit. Those are expensive, heavy, and so hot that it is not worth it.

Some of Lago’s faithful fans even made art inspired by her “Coco” outfit.

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The gymnast is not completely new to the spotlight. She has been a champion at both the Panamerican and the Central American games, and has been a member of the Mexican national team for the past 10 years.

Her artistry in gymnastics earned Mexico’s first gold in the category. That’s what you call a national treasure, and after this performance, a Mexican cultural treasure.

Honestly, we are most excited to see Mexican culture making such a splash in London.

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Apart from her gymnastics triumphs, Lago has also competed as a celebrity athlete on the TV Azteca show, Exatlón Mexico, and Instagram has over 700,000 fans and her official Facebook page boasts over 300,000 followers.

Here’s hoping we keep seeing Lago’s creativity flow through her gymnastic routines for several more years.

READ: U.S. Men’s Gymnast Danell Leyva Does Shirtless Routine & The Crowd Lost It