What did you accomplish between your 11th and 13th birthday? Guess what? Blanca Ramirez is putting you to shame.
As reported by Los Angeles CBS affiliate KTLA, Ramirez, a 12-year-old who hails from suburban Los Angeles town La Puente, is halfway through a rather remarkable quest to run a marathon on all seven continents. She’s raising money for Operation Smile, the medical charity that provides free cleft repair surgeries for third world children, and she’s already run 26.2 mile races in North America (at nearby Disneyland), Africa and Asia.
As one might expect, Ramirez’s biggest backer — financial and otherwise — is her father Dimar Ramirez. The elder Ramirez has bankrolled his daughter’s charitable adventure to the tune of more than $10,000 already, and has already locked in a slot with a race in the most difficult continent to reach at the 2015 Antarctica marathon.
That Antarctica Marathon in March 2015 will officially complete Blanca’s round-the-world quest. The Ramirez’s will travel to the race together, which will be a heck of a bonding experience in itself, and easily the most interesting trip taken by anyone in the younger Ramirez’s middle school class.
Of course, a similar claim could probably be made for the other trips that Blanca will take in 2014: a voyage to South America in August to run a marathon there and a November trip to Australia for a marathon Down Under. Her penultimate marathon will come in Europe.