SGV Tribune: La Puente Marathon Runner Honored By State Assembly

May 05, 2015

By: Melissa Masatani

A La Puente girl was recognized Monday by state officials after completing seven marathons on seven continents.

The California Latino Legislative Caucus honored 12-year-old Blanca Ramirez at the 14th annual Latino Spirit Awards Ceremony. Blanca received the Dynamic Youth Award.

“Blanca’s discipline and steadfast determination is motivating individuals around the globe to complete their own marathons no matter the age,” Assemblyman Roger Hernandez said in a statement. “She is living proof that you are never too young to make a difference and pursue your dreams.”

Blanca found her passion for running after participating in a 5K race at Disneyland. She ran in the Orange County and Los Angeles marathons, followed by: the Kigali International Peace Marathon in Rwanda; the Grassland Marathon in rural China; the International Marathon of Asuncion in Paraguay; the Taniwha Marathon in New Zealand; the Torcy Marathon in France; and the White Continent Marathon in Antarctica, which she completed in February.

The girl, who began her quest at 11 years old, aimed to raise awareness for Operation Smile, a nonprofit medical service organization that repairs facial deformities for children around the globe. She also kept a website to track her progress at

The Latino Caucus is made up of state senate and assembly members and the Latino Spirit Awards honors accomplishments in the Latino community, ranging from sports to human rights. Blanca was among seven honorees recognized at the State Capitol on Monday at the ceremony during the Assembly Floor Session.

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