Overall Results: 1st female, 4th Overall | 30:47.54 | 250k (155mi)
Just like that, the 4 Deserts Atacama Crossing is complete and another big WIN is in the books. This race was so special to me and to come away as the female champion and in 4th overall is just amazing. All of the hard work and commitment has paid off. I took a peek at last years results where the journey began and couldn’t believe the improvement. My overall time was 4 hours and 27 minutes faster than last year and I went from 14th to 4th. I am so honored and excited to push through a great performance. This brings the total results here to 3 wins and one 2nd place. I can’t believe it.
Last night was the awards banquet. I was so excited giving my speech that I forgot half of it and my body was shaking as I spoke in joy so I cut it short... Here was the full version of what I wanted to say to enjoy.
Thank you everyone for following along and I hope to continue to inspire all of you to get out there and explore.
5 weeks until Antarctica!
"Joshua Marine said the following: Challenges are what make life interesting, overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. Each of you this week has overcome an insurmountable amount of challenges. From a blister, a bad ankle, running out of food, overheating, or just being taken down by the the challenges of the terrain. No matter who you are, or what level you are competing at, each night we all will have a moment lying in there in bed intimidated by the day ahead. We ask ourselves, how will I take myself through another day of 20+ miles on undulated terrain and succeed to the finish. And yet, here we are, as champions, conquering that terrain and inspiring all of our friends and family and even strangers back home. Do not forget that impact and let it grow viral through all of your home towns. You have done something the less than 1% of the world will do, and you have the power to impact your communities with inspiration to grow and explore.
The entire grand slam plus journey is one that is meant to inspire the masses to get outside and explore. A year ago I sat here in this very room as the 2nd female and saw the inspiration that it created back home. This ignited the journey to become the first female ever to complete all 5 in one year and none the less as the female champion of as many as I can. I hope to additionally leverage this movement to help create awareness and raise funds for Lyme Disease through the LymeLight Foundation.
David Brinkley said, A successful woman is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her. It is only because you all that I can stand up here today. Bricks from the 4 deserts race series creating this event series for all of us. Tent 11 for being my intimate family out here. For the local grounds crew that is supporting our efforts. To my sponsors for helping to make this journey possible and for my husband, friends and family for pushing me daily to make this happen.
In the end, its not the years in your life that count. its the life in your years. And all I can say, is congratulations to all of you for how you have chosen to spent them.
Thank you so much!"