Costa Rica News – Tica Laura Figueroa came in fourth place in the overall female category of the demanding Great Wall Marathon in China. She completed the 42 kilometers in just 4 hours, 40 minutes and 5 seconds.
It’s a race known as one of the most difficult in the world due to the fact that the athletes must face steep climbs and descents with changing altimetry. There are also 5,164 steps, some so high you can’t run them rather you have to climb them using your hands to help.
Her performance also got her the position of best Latin American in the competition as well as 21st place overall, when including male and female athletes. In the female category, she followed South African Maria Marincowitz, Dutch Angelina Van Adrichem, and Russian Olga Baranova.
She is thrilled to claim a medal for her country and thanks her coach and the group she trains with. She referred to the marathon as “quite an experience” and encourages all those who love to run to make it to this race to live a completely different experience.