Biography
Fernanda is Brazilian with a fervent love of nature. 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. Now sponsored by The North Face and her legs running trails around the world, Fernanda is living her dream ….
 
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, the beaches and the rivers, 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".
 
Website: www.fernandamaciel.blogspot.com
 
Birthdate: 24th January 1980 (Belo Horizonte, Brazil).
 
Home: Coll De Nargo, Spain.
 
Favourite destination: Brazil's beaches and forests.
 
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 (by Fernando Meirelles).
 
Favourite Food: Salmon and octopus Sashimi.
 
Greatest Fear: Tsunamis, floods and earthquakes.
 
How I Relax: Vipassana Meditation and Heiki.
 
Philosophy: Move positive.
 
What inspires you? The silence and also our huge or simple mother Earth: one little detail is a big detail.
 
Word to live by: "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." / "The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The work of life is to develop it. The meaning of life is to give it away."
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