TEDxArendal 2023 talk:
Gabriella Mathisen is a living proof that anything is possible! With all odds against her, she is the only woman who has completed the treacherous “Jungle Ultra” race, known for being the toughest and most dangerous race in the world. Brace yourself for a rollercoaster of emotions as Gabriella Mathisen takes you on a journey from drug addiction to a world champion
Gabriella Mathisen, a remarkable ultra runner from Norway, etched her name in the annals of ultramarathon history by becoming the first female to conquer the grueling Beyond the Ultimate (BTU) Jungle Ultra in Peru. This prestigious five-day stage race is renowned as one of the world’s toughest ultramarathons, with only a select few daring to take on its brutal challenges. Gabriella’s triumphant journey through the Peruvian jungle not only showcased her physical prowess but also highlighted her indomitable spirit and incredible resilience.
But Gabriella’s achievement in the heart of the Peruvian jungle is even more astonishing when you delve into her personal journey. Raised in a tumultuous and troubled environment, she endured a challenging childhood that could have easily derailed her life.
Gabriella Mathisen’s story is a testament to the transformative power of running and the human spirit’s resilience. She defied her troubled past, overcame addiction, and now channels her passion for running to inspire others to achieve greatness. Her infectious enthusiasm for the sport serves as a beacon of hope, a reminder that, even in the darkest moments, one can find the strength to conquer the seemingly insurmountable.