Mirna Valerio is the National Geographic Adventurer of the year, and she doesn’t have the body most expect from an ultramarathon runner. She continues challenging stereotypes as she racks up wins.
“I think that people are really having trouble grappling with the idea that fit comes in many forms and that people can still participate in athletics no matter what kind of body they have,” she says. “I want to continue sticking my big ass into places where people think I don’t belong. That has been the nature of my life—I’m going to do it and I’m going to do it proudly.”