fernanda maciel
Fernanda is Brazilian and Spanish with a fervent love of nature and health. Through her love of sport and looking for a challenge she has travelled widely and now lives in the mountains of the Spanish Pyrenees. But still she feels rooted in the waterfalls and little mountains of Minas Gerais where she was born. As a child she was asked what her 'dream' would be - to live in a big house on the beach, or to travel the world. Her dream was to travel. But she realised early that to travel you have to find a way to fund your explorations and without parental help she knew that she would have to be a good person, and a good athlete - and in that way to hope to find support.

At just eight years of age Fernanda started to race, and then two years later was training towards Olympic level gymnastics in the USA. By 23 she participated in a 600km nonstop International Running Expedition. She has progressed through adventure racing, multi-sport races and ultra trails to become a great endurance athlete.

In her professional life, Fernanda practised as an environmental lawyer and has also been greatly involved in outdoor education through the international NGO Outward Bound. She is also sport nutritionist that loves to encourage people to have a health life. In this way her love of nature and to help people are not limited only to her experiences through her sport, but also to reaching out to others in working and teaching to conserve, protect our natural environment and have life quality.

Her passion for the outdoors is rooted deep within her experiences, "when I'm running on top of the mountains or canoeing in the middle of the sea, I feel as small as nothing ….. and yet I feel the most intense sensations of freedom and peace … my spirit is free". Passionate about the forests, the mountains and the beaches, for Fernanda her delight is to be fully there within the nature - both within her sports but also in the sense of caring for and protecting our environment. Her dream is to become a role model as a runner in the world-wide community of ultra runners. Her philosophy in life is simple - to "move… positive".
Birthdate: 24th January 1980 (Belo Horizonte, Brazil)

Home: Coll De Nargo, Spain

Favourite destination: Brazil's beaches and my little house in Lapinha/Serra do Cipó.

Favourite mountain: Remarkables, New Zealand

Favourite book: Life after Death (I don't remember the author since I read it when I was 8 years old). This book has had a great impact on me and helped me so much in my life.

Favourite Films: City of God (Cidade de Deus of Fernando Meirelles)

Favourite food: Salmon and octopus Sashimi.

Greatest Fear: Tsunamis

How I relax: Vipassana Meditation and Heiki


What inspires you? The silence and also the huge and simple Earth.


1st Woman to run the authentic Camino de Santiago de Compostela, 860km in 10days - Spain-France (2012)
1st place Catalunya Championship, K42 Barcelona Mountain Marathon - Catalunya (2013).
1st place Romànic Extreme, K21 - Catalunya (2013).
1st place The North Face® Transgrancanaria, Gran Canaria - Spain (2012).
1st place The North Face® Sty Ultra Trail Mont Fuji - Japan (2012).
1st place Running Daventura, K21, Praia do Forte - Brazil (2012).
1st place The North Face® Lavaredo/Italy (2011).
1st place Transgrancanaria, 23km/Isla Gran Canaria (2010).
1st place Andorra Ultra Trail, Andorra (2010).
1st place The North Face® TDS Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc - France (2009).
1st place Vertical San Pedro, Isla Gran Canaria (2009).
1st place Subida al Pico Bandama, Isla Gran Canaria (2009).
2nd place The North Face® Lavaredo - Italy (2012).
2nd place Trail Verdon - France (2011).
2nd place Trail Blanc/Font Romeu - France (2009).
3rd place Wakatipu K21 Mountain Run- Queenstown - New Zealand (2006).
4th pace The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® (restart) - France (2010)
4th place The North Face® Endurance Challenge Championship, 50 miles, California - USA (2008).
4th place Routeburn K42 Expedition Run- Milford Sound - New Zealand (2006).
5th place Cavalls del Vent -Catalunya - Spain (2011)
7th place The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® - France (2012).

Adventure Race
1st place Gran Premio TEVA, Madrid/Spain (2008).
1st place AR World Series - Portugal XPD International Race – Estoril/Portugal (2007).
1st place Circuit Caloi Adventure Camp (2004 and 2005).
1st place Circuit Brazil Wild – São Paulo/Brazil (2004).
3rd place AR World Series - Ecomotion Pro International Exp. Race. Brazil (2005)
4th place AR World Series -Bimbache Expreme International Expedition Race, Spain (2008).
4th place IGWA Illes de Guadalupe Adventure/CARIBEAN (2007).
4th place AR World Series - Ecomotion Pro International Expedition Race. Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (2006)

Hawaii Canoe
1st Place, National Championship OC6 – Brazil (2007/2008).
Mountain Bike
1st Place, Ecomotion Trip Trail Pegeaut, 2 days MTB Race – Brazil (2008)

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