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Sanden celebrates on the podium at the 2014 Rome Marathon. Courtesy photo
Sanden celebrates on the podium at the 2014 Rome Marathon. Courtesy photo

San Clemente hand cycle racer on her way to competing on all seven continents

By Steve Breazeale

San Clemente’s Beth Sanden is on a mission to complete one marathon on all seven continents.

Sanden, who is partially paralyzed from the waist down, has raced her custom hand cycle in several exotic locales in years past and on March 23, she officially checked Europe, her sixth continent, off her list.

Sanden took part in the 2014 Rome Marathon and won her division, being offered a place on the winner’s podium at the end of the event.

Sanden said that the environs for the Rome Marathon was unforgettable, but because of the ancient city’s history, it was not ideal for hand cycle racers.

“It was rough with those cobblestones. I felt like there were centuries of dirt flying up in my face,” Sanden said. “But it was amazing because it was Rome. We started at the Coliseum, went through the Vatican. It was just incredible some of the places they mapped out.”

Sanden competed in the Los Angeles Marathon on March 9 and plans on traveling to race in the Boston Marathon on April 21.

The only continent left for Sanden to compete on is Antarctica. The process of finding a way to race on the icy terrain has been difficult, but Sanden says she has secured a spot to race in a marathon there sometime in 2015.


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