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Massachusetts woman completes seven marathons in seven continents in seven days

Becca Pizzi before she started the race
Becca Pizzi before she started the race

TGIF, right?

For Becca Pizzi of Belmont, Mass., this is not the end of what we might consider a normal work week.

It’s the end of her participation in the World Marathon Challenge. That is: 7 marathons in 7 days in 7 continents. As if running 183.4 miles in a week wasn’t enough, she was expected to spend 59 hours in the air flying more than 23,000 miles, according to the World Marathon Challenge.

Pizzi finished a marathon in Sydney, Australia, on Friday.

According to the World Marathon Challenge’s Facebook page, Pizzi won the women’s marathon Friday in 4:08:51 and was the 2016 World Marathon Challenge champion. All told, 15 people took part in the challenge.

Pizzi, 35, and the others opened the challenge by running a marathon in Antarctica.

“My iPod froze — but then running on the glacier, you could hear a pin drop,” Pizzi told the Wall Street Journal, which noted she is the first American woman to complete the challenge.

After that came marathons in Punta Arenas, Chile, on Sunday; Miami on Monday; Madrid, Spain on Tuesday; Marrakech, Morocco on Wednesday; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Thursday.

The Boston Globe reported that Pizzi is the mother of an 8-year-old daughter and runs a day-care center and manages an ice cream shop.

“I’ve coached girls hockey in Belmont for a long time and I’ve seen people who are driven,” Dante Muzzioli, who owns Moozy’s Ice Cream Shop, told the Globe. “But I’ve never seen anyone driven like her. She’s in a class all of her own.”

Dan Cartica, another American, also finished the World Marathon Challenge.

Here are some more photos of Pizzi during her trek around the world:

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