Angela Maxwell Is Walking Around the World for Women

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On May 2, 2014, with $12,000 saved, Angela Maxwell left her best friend’s home in Bend, Oregon, to start a five-year walk around the world. There’s no pre-approved path for the small ranks of pedestrian circumnavigators, the dozen or so people who’ve claimed they’ve walked around the world —so Maxwell devised her own route. She traveled the 175 miles to Portland, and then across western Australia. She next headed to Vietnam, where she hiked 60 miles from Da Nang to Hue and then spent three weeks recovering from dengue fever. A year into her circumnavigation, she arrived in Mongolia. One night, a two weeks’ hike from Mongolia’s capital city of Ulaanbaatar, in a valley surrounded by mountains, a stranger entered her tent and raped her. “It was the moment that every woman is afraid of before they go out into the world,” the 37-year-old former business consultant says. After the attack—“it was over in minutes,” Maxwell says—her assailant left. Maxwell packed her gear, hiked a few miles

Kilian Jornet Takes Title at Golden Trail World Series https://ift.tt/2BJQJ8E

Kilian Jornet — six-time gold medalist in ski mountaineering championships — just won the Golden Trail World Series.

Kilian Jornet, an ultrarunner and ski mountaineer from Spain, just finished first in the Nepal stage of the Golden Trail Series to take the overall title.

The Golden Trail Series, sponsored by Salomon, consists of six intense marathon runs across the world. The series lineup includes the Mont Blanc Marathon, Dolomyths Run, and Pikes Peak Marathon. Runners must participate in at least three of the races to qualify for the final.

The series final was the Annapurna Trail Marathon, with over 12,000 feet of elevation gain. Kilian Jornet ran the grueling 42km trail race in 4 hours, 46 minutes, 5 seconds. Out of the six races leading up to the Annapurna Marathon, Jornet won three of them.

His wins were at the Zegama in Spain, Pikes Peak Marathon in the U.S., and Sierre Zinal in Switzerland. Jornet’s finish time of 2 hours, 25 minutes, 35 seconds at the Sierre-Zinal set a new course record (it’s also his seventh win at the race).

Jornet posted about his win on Instagram, thanking all the organizers of the race.

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