Growing up surrounded by strong women, Alondra Cupul always knew there were no limits.
At 13, she began playing basketball and made Yucatán’s state team the same year — an early sign of her extraordinary athletic gifts. For over a decade, Alondra played basketball competitively, winning multiple championships and accolades.
By the time she was 23, Alondra would discover a new athletic passion: long-distance running. She ran her first competitive race in 2008, and to her amazement and that of the entire running community, she placed third, virtually out of nowhere.
Her successes continued. From 2009 to 2011, Alondra won every over-50 race she participated in — fiercely establishing herself as a force to be reckoned with.
In 2012, she ran a marathon while pregnant, though she did not know it at the time, and repeated the feat a second time when she and her husband were expecting their second child.
“Being pregnant is not an illness. Of course, you need to take certain precautions, but I want my children to grow up knowing they are capable of anything,” says Alondra.
Alondra has also competed in several prestigious international marathons, including the Boston and Berlin marathons, often coming in as the race’s “fastest Mexican.”
Alondra continues to rack up victories, her most recently a first-place finish at Mérida’s 2023 Marathon. Since 2020, Alondra has been a notoriously tough running coach. Her trainees insist that she must know what she is doing because their results have been nothing short of life-changing.
Despite all of her sports achievements, Alondra insists that her greatest victory is the lifelong relationships she has made along the way, particularly with her husband, whom she met on the basketball court.