"I run to secure the future of my children in Dhaka."
In 2010 Maria summited Mount Kilimanjaro, to draw attention for her cause to educate vulnerable groups of children in the middle east. In 2011 she made a successful trek to the North Pole and walked a marathon on each of the 7 emirates in the UAE in 7 days. In 2013 she became the first Portuguese woman to summit Mount Everest and since then has ran 7 ultra marathons on 7 continents in 6 weeks, 7 ultra marathons in 7 days and 7 marathons on 7 continents in 11 days. She holds 6 Guinness World Records.