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Latvia expects the arrival of the winner of world’s hardest marathon – Alma Vitola

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn 14 October, the newest Latvian champion Alma Vitola, who earned first place among women in the world’s hardest marathon in the jungles of Brazil.

After a week-long marathon, crossing 254 km through the Brazilian jungles, medicine student Alma Vitola (22) earned first place in the women’s competition, finishing ahead of second place by a whole two hours.

Finishing the marathon is an accomplishment in itself: only a couple of dozen people from all over the world actually finish it. Victory in this gruelling marathon is nothing short of miracle.

Alma expressed her gratitude to the people who supported her and helped her take part in the marathon. The young champion said she will be happy to meet her fans at Riga International Airport on Wednesday, 14 October at 14:00.

BNN had previously reported that the total distance of the marathon is 254 km. The only thing runners receive from organizers is water, everything else is up to runners to get. The biggest challenges people face is heat, humidity and the wilderness of the Amazonian nature.

CNN has already called it the world’s toughest marathon.

On 10 October, prior to the last stage of the marathon, Alma wrote on her Facebook account: «Soles are torn to pieces, but at least the longest part is over. It was crazy. Many roads; the heat +45° C. We spent a lot of time like that. A lot of people left because of the heat. I went through a lot yesterday. Today we rest and only a little push left for tomorrow.»

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