RUNNING: Delta mom to run ultra-marathon for eyesight charity

DELTA — World-class runner Norma Bastidas, a 47-year-old mother from Delta, will compete in what has been deemed "the world’s toughest foot race."

In support of Operation Eyesight, Bastidas will become the only Canadian to complete the 2015 Badwater Ultra Cup, a three-event series that covers 217 kilometres non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, California.

"The Badwater 135 is one of the most challenging races on the planet," said Bastidas. "But when I finish the race, my suffering stops. The suffering of those living with avoidable blindness won’t end until we do something about it."

Bastidas became an ambassador for the world’s blind and visually impaired after her oldest son was diagnosed with a blinding eye condition with no cure. In 2009, she ran the 777 Run for Sight, becoming the fastest woman in history to run seven ultra-marathons on seven continents in seven months. In 2014, Bastidas broke the Guinness World Record for the world’s longest triathlon.

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