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In 2006, she met another runner, Jim Molaschi, at the 150-mile Racing the Planet Gobi March in China. They crossed paths again a year later at another Racing the Planet event, the 150-mile Sahara Race, where she won the women’s race. After several years of sporadic email contact, she and Molaschi began dating in 2009, when McCallum moved to the States—and celebrated their new relationship by running the 250-kilometer Namibia Race in Africa. Soon after, they married, and now reside in North Miami, Florida.
Next year, she plans to take on two new challenges: the TransOmania and TransArabia races—nonstop, self-supported, 300-kilometer foot races (as opposed to stage races) across the Wahiba Sands desert in Oman from one gleaming coast to another, and across Jordan from the Dead Sea to the Red Sea.
As for her hips? She’s not worried. “Doctors have been known to be wrong,” she says, “and the human body is an amazing machine. My mantra is finding a way.”
McCallum’s Guinness World Record Races
Most desert ultramarathons run in a single calendar year
1. Gobi March, 250K stage race, Gobi Desert, China, May 28, 2006, 4th place woman, 38:03:09
2. Atacama Crossing, 250K stage race, Atacama Desert, South America, July 23, 2006, 2nd place woman, 44:14:38
3. Sahara Race, 250K stage race, Egypt, Africa, October 29, 2006, 2nd place woman, 34:39:54
4. Grand Raid Sahara, 221K stage race, Mauritania, Africa, January 28, 2007, 3rd place woman, 35:11:00
5. Libyan Challenge, 190K non-stop, Libya, Africa, February 24, 2007, 8th place woman, 68:13:22
6. Marathon des Sables, 250K stage race, Morocco, Africa, March 25, 2007, 18th place, 36:19:01
This story originally appeared in our October 2013 issue.