A 41-year-old Johannesburg mother of two, Anouk Baars, won the gruelling Tours de Glacier Trail race in Italy, which finished over the weekend.
Baars completed the 450km race across mountain valleys and peaks with an unimaginable 36 000 metres of vertical ascent - the equivalent of more than four Everests - in 7 days 15 hours and 6 minutes to win the women’s race by four hours.
The race started and finished in the Italian alpine town of Cormayeur.
Baars had to cope with both unseasonal heat as well as running through snow and crossing glaciers in the self-navigated adventure.
Baars was one of only five women who qualified for the race, given its testing standards.