Connect with PVAngelsJoin PVAngels on FacebookJoin PVAngels on TwitterPVAngels News Feeds Tell a Friend PVAngels Newsletter  
Home Home   About PVAngels   Get Involved   Local News   Event Calendar   Add a Charity   Partners for Change   Contact Us      Search Search PVAngels 

Mexico Travel & Outdoors

Puerto Vallarta • Riviera Nayarit 

  News &
Issues &
Business &
Health &
Lifestyle &
Travel &
Science &

Norma Bastidas' Record Triathlon Benefited Fight Against Human Trafficking

Doug Williams - ESPN
go to original
May 29, 2014

Norma Bastidas, Rompe récord mundial (Unidos H La Diferencia)

Before starting an attempt at a 3,762-mile triathlon on March 1, Norma Bastidas knew there would be obstacles.

Her body would take a pounding. The weather would no doubt be harsh. She'd get sick or have equipment failures.

As a veteran ultra-distance athlete, Bastidas often has overcome challenges, but this time she didn't account for one thing: salt water.

The first leg of what would be the world's longest triathlon would be a 122-mile swim in the Caribbean. Almost immediately after starting, she wondered if she'd have to stop.

... She finished her swim in Cancun, Mexico, then rode her bike 2,932 miles through Mexico and the southern U.S. before running 735 miles to finish in Washington, D.C., on May 5. Along the way she survived two dangerous traffic incidents on the bike and serious foot problems on the run. To Bastidas, the pain was for gain.

Today, Bastidas, 46, is a physical trainer, actress, athlete and single mother of two in Vancouver, British Columbia. As a young woman in Mexico, she was a victim of sexual abuse and kidnapping. Bastidas in recent years has been an outspoken advocate for raising awareness about human trafficking. Her goal was to shatter the long-held Guinness world record for a longest triathlon and attract attention and raise funds for the cause in the process.

She would follow a known trafficking route through Mexico and try to inspire younger victims with her message: She survived and thrived, and they can, too.

Read the rest at ESPN

  Check out Banderas Bay Women’s Shelter

We invite you to add your charity or supporting organizations' news stories and coming events to PVAngels so we can share them with the world. Do it now!

Meet the Charities

Community Services


Animals & Wildlife

Health Care

Youth & Family


Culture & Recreation

Special Interests

How You Can Help

Use Your Powers for Good

Add Your Favorite Charity

Save a Life - Give Blood


Partners for Change

Meet the Partners

Become a Partner for Change

About Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta Local News

Local Event Calendar

Puerto Vallarta Videos

Puerto Vallarta Photos

Historic Puerto Vallarta

Local Area Maps

Important Phone Numbers

CraigsList in Puerto Vallarta

News Around Mexico

Mexico Issues & Opinions

Mexico Business News

Mexico Evironmental News

Lifestyle & Entertainment

Mexico Travel & Outdoors

Science & Technology News

Mexico News & Travel Videos

Stay Connected

Find PVAngels on Facebook Follow PVAngels on Twitter Sign up PVAngels Newsletter RSS Feeds on PVAngels


About PVAngels

Add Your Charity

Add Your News & Events

Locate Yourself on Our Maps

Jobs - Join PVAngels Team

FAIR USE NOTICE: This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance a more in-depth understanding of critical issues facing the world. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 USC Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information click here. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

m3 • local actions from global awareness