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Olympic marathon runner trains at 13,000 ft. in Peru's highlands

Pilar Olivares / Reuters

Marathon runner Gladys Tejeda, the first Peruvian athlete who qualified for the 2012 London Olympic Games, runs during her training in the Andean province of Junin on Monday. A private company will take Tejeda's mother Marcelina Pucuhuaranga, 69, to London as part of the "Thank you Mom" program. For Pucuhuaranga, who received her first passport, it will be the first time travelling out of Peru. The program will take about 120 mothers of different athletes around the world to attend the games. Tejeda, the youngest of nine children, returned to her hometown to visit her mother and to focus on training where she will run more than 20 km every day in the highlands (over 4,105 meters above sea level).

Pilar Olivares / Reuters

Gladys Tejeda (C), the first Peruvian athlete who qualified for the 2012 London Olympic Games, prepares a typical Pachamanca dish with her sister Rosario (L) and her sister-in-law Carmen for a Mother's Day celebration at their home in the Andean province of Junin.

Pilar Olivares / Reuters

Gladys Tejeda and her mother Marcelina Pucuhuaranga give a toast at their home in the Andean province of Junin.

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