Patagonia Marathon, Chile – 7marathons on 7continents

Last month, on September 24, I ran my 9th marathon on third continent – South America. I flew to Chile and I ran the Patagonian marathon. It was one of the most thrilling experiences of my life.

This marathon was part of my 7 marathons on 7 continents journey. I traveled more than 24 hours to get to the destination. I met some of the most wonderful and inspirational people. I met an American couple who ran the marathon as well and it was their last marathon as part of their 7 marathons on 7 continents journey. They gave me few tips for the Great Wall of China and Antarctica marathons. I learned that the Great Wall of China marathon might be the hardest marathon I will ever run and that Antarctica might be the most beautiful and unique experience I will ever have. And that I will get to hug penguins and perhaps take selfies with them. 🙂

I also met this wonderful group of runners from Germany. They were so nice and kind to me. I am thankful to have met them. ❤ When I arrived in Punta Arenas, I did not have a bus ticket and I was a little bit nervous about it. Didn’t really speak the language and I was worried I wouldn’t find my way around. But my new friends invited me to get a ride with them in their bus. In two hours we all arrived in Puerto Natales, a beautiful small city in Chile’s southern Patagonia.

If you decide to run a marathon somewhere around the world, please check out my friend’s running tours! I met my friend, Nils, in Patagonia and I was amazed that he ran over 90 marathons around the world. So cool and inspiring. Nils believes that running is a way of traveling. I love it! Check out his website “here” and maybe you decide to run a marathon with him one day. I will for sure one day! Thank you Nils and entire team for your love and kindness. And Good Luck running NYC Marathon! I will be there to support you all 🙂

Thank you so much to my family, friends and all donors. Thank you to my amazing manager, Josy, and coworkers for all the support and help. I raised more than $4000 running Patagonian marathon. We are so close to having raised $100,000 for education. ❤

Here are few pictures from the marathon. It’s been so busy and I still haven’t had a chance to go through all pictures and videos. I will have another blog post on Chile and Patagonia. I got to see beautiful places and do an incredible hike after my marathon. I really want to share it all with you! ❤

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Before I left for Patagonia, I got my hair cut and my shirt. I was ready to run and raise more money for School #4!

 

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Look how far I traveled to run the Patagonian Marathon!

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And look who came with me!! My cheerleaders. I love them so much. Always, so supportive.

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Happy Cookie Monster!!!

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Fascinated by the colors and beautiful Patagonia!

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He truly enjoyed the bus ride to Puerto Natales.

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Misleading number, hahah. Only 80 people ran the marathon. And I was the first Romanian to ever run Patagonia Marathon! Woot-woot! Finally I’m first at something. 🙂

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Race day! It was cold early morning but it got much warmer throughout the day.

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Me and other beautiful runners I met in Patagonia!

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The view was amazing! I stopped few times and tried to take it all in.

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I think this was around mile 20. Beautiful!

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I ran the race with Run2BuildSchools shirt and Team For Kids hat! Yay!!!
Team For Kids family! ❤

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Who ran Patagonia?! Meeee!

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Happy and tired!

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I met Ana Paula from Brazil! So sweet ❤ We talked about running together one day in Brazil.

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Thank you Ana for taking these pictures. I was so happy! The view was stunning.

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So beautiful!

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Me at the finish line! I felt like jumping up and down. So HaPpY!!! ❤

Here is a cute video I took while running the marathon. The view was breathtaking!

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One more marathon checked off my 7 marathons on 7 continents list!

Next year is ASIA – Great Wall of China! and many, many marathons between!

❤ ❤ IT’S ALL FOR KIDS AND SCHOOLS!!! ❤ ❤

 Thank you so much for the support and love! ❤