Follow The Journey Of

As She Attempts To Be The Youngest Runner To

Complete 7 Marathons On 7 Continents

About

 Aside from Blanca training for her marathons she is a typical girl that goes to school and hangs out with her friends, on her spare time.  She is required to do chores around the house and help out with her younger brother.  In spite of everything that is going around her, her main responsibilities are to her family and schoolwork above all.

 

Blanca is a sweet young girl that finally found a niche that she loved.  After trying various other sports and clubs she discovered her love of running.  It gave her the freedom to be herself, the self confidence she was lacking and the determination to make a difference.  As she strived to get better doing research on how to train and how to make the best of her runs, she came across Nadia Ruiz the youngest Latina to run 100 marathons by age 28.  One of the first words that Blanca said was “I want to do this”, since then Nadia has been her role model and one day dreams to also be an inspiration to many other young girls.

 

The ASICS LA Marathon was her trial run to find out if she really had what it took to complete a marathon.  After plenty of sweat and tears she completed her first marathon with a great sense of pride.  The pain that she was in did not discourage her from doing it again; instead she enjoyed the thrill and wanted more.  One day she was researching world records and came across the record for the youngest runner to complete 7 marathons on 7 continents that is held by a 14 year old girl.  This was the beginning of her journey, her Dad did additional research and gathered more information on the requirements.  When the decision to go forward and try to attempt the world record was made Blanca wanted to make an impact not just for her but for others as well.

 

Operation Smile struck a nerve in within her heart; she realized that something so simple as a smile could change a person’s life in so many ways.  A child's smile is something so powerful, that many take for granted.  A smile can give you strength, a smile can give you hope, a smile can be the beginning of happiness.  Remembering what her dad once told her that “a smile from his kids made his day better after a long and frustrating day at work.”  There was no doubt in her mind that Operation Smile was an organization she wanted to help.

 

 This is not just an attempt for a world record but a journey for bigger and better things in the future.  There are many tough days ahead but the determination that has brought her to this point in her life will help her overcome and face them head on.  She is looking forward to meeting new people, discovering new cultures and creating long-lasting friendships, along the way.

Photo Gallery

 

Tinker Bell Disneyland 5k

Anaheim Ca.

(1/19/13)

Reindeer Romp 5k

Chino Ca.

(12/7/13) 29mins 10secs

Disneyland 5k

Anaheim Ca.

(8/31/13) 39mins 27secs

Say No To Drugs USB 10k

Universal Studios Backlot Ca.

(12/8/13) Time: 1hr 3mins

Hard Rock Cake 5k

Hollywood Ca.

(11/4/13) Time: 28mins 52secs

4th Place Division 10-15

Santa Run 10k

Irvine Ca.

(12/14/13) Time: 1hr 6mins

We Spark's Cancer Research 5k

Universal Studios Backlot

(11/10/13) Time: 27mins 56secs

1st Place Division 10-19

Christmas 2 Give 5k

Elysium Park, Los Angeles Ca.

(12/21/13) Time: 30mins 17secs

Turkey Trot 10k

San Dimas Ca.

(11/23/13) Time: 1hr 9mins

1st Place Division 10-15

New Year's Eve 15k Run

Santa Monica Ca.

(12/31/13) Time 1hr 23mins

Turkey Trot Duathlon

San Dimas Ca.

(11/24/13)

New Year's Race Half Marathon

Los Angeles Ca.

(1/4/14) Time 2hrs 47mins

15th Place Division 10-19

Tinkerbell 10k Disneyland

Anaheim

(1/18/14) Time

Super Run 10k

San Diego

(2/1/14) Time 1hr 5mins /

3rd Place

New Balance Half Marathon

Palm Springs

(2/9/14) Time 2hrs 42mins

4th Place

Valentines Day 10k

Coronado

(2/16/14) Time 1hr 1min

3rd Place

Asics Marathon

Los Angeles

March 9, 2014, Time 6hrs  59mins

Rock & Reggae 5k

Pasadena

(3/15/14) Time 35mins

Leprechaun Leap 5k

Tustin

(3/16/14) Time 26mins 45 secs

CBS Studios Backlot 5k race        Studio City

(3/23/14) 25mins 50secs

1st Place

Angels Stadium 5k

Anaheim

(3/29/14) 29mins 2secs

Hollywood Half Marathon

Hollywood

(4/5/14) 2hrs 37mins 50secs

Grape Stomp Triathlon

Rancho Cucamonga

(4/6/14) 1hr 42mins

1st Place

Mt. Sac Relays 5k race

Walnut

(4/18/14) 26mins flat

Poss Abilities Triathlon

Loma Linda

(4/27/14) 1hr 39mins 1sec

Orange County Marathon

Newport Beach

(5/4/14)   Time: 5hrs 59mins 13secs

Kigali International Peace Marathon

Kigali, Rwanda

(5/18/14)  Time 5hrs 33mins 4sec

L.A. Ultimate 1/4 marathon race

Los Angeles

(5/25/14) Time 1hr 7mins 29secs

YMCA Hollywood Sign 8 mile race

Los Angeles (Griffith Park)

(6/1/14)   Time 1hr 47mins 37secs

Grassland Extreme Marathon

Inner Mongolia, China

July 5, 2014

International Marathon of Asuncion

Asuncion, Paraguay

August 10th, 2014

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

NEWS & MEDIA

Instagram Live Feed:

July 23, 2014 - Los Angeles Times Article

July 23, 2014 - KTLA 5 Article

May 16, 2014 - ABC 7 Coverage

May 15, 2014 - San Gabriel Valley Tribune Article

Events

7 Marathons / 7 Continents

Mission Statement :

Operation Smile mobilizes a world of generous hearts to heal children's smiles and transform lives across the globe.

History :

Operation Smile was founded in 1982 by Dr. William Magee Jr., a plastic surgeon, and his wife, Kathleen Magee, a nurse and clinical social worker.

Operation Smile was launched with its first mission to the Philippines in 1982.

Impact To Date :

Operation Smile is one of the largest surgical organizations in the world.

Operation Smile is the largest volunteer-based medical charity providing free cleft surgeries.

Operation Smile is leading research into the causes of cleft lip and cleft palate, and its prevention, treatment and surgical outcomes.

Operation Smile has provided over 220,000 free surgical procedures to children with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.

5,400 medical volunteers from over 80 countries volunteer with Operation Smile to provide free care to our patients.

Urgent Need :

It is estimated that two billion people, or one-quarter of the world's population, lack access to basic surgical care.

Every 3 minutes, a child is born with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate.

Children with cleft conditions may have difficulty eating, breast feeding, speaking, hearing or breathing properly.

One in 700 children globally is born with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate.

Operation Smile's Efforts in Low & Middle Income Countries :

Operation Smile's Centers in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East provide year-round treatment, as well as nutrition education, dental care, speech therapy and mental health care.

Clefting :

Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects that occur when a baby's lip or mouth do not form properly. These birth defects happen early during pregnancy. A baby can have a cleft lip, a cleft palate, or both.

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