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Human trafficking survivor runs record triathlon
03:35 - Source: CNN

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Norma Bastidas was lured into slavery with promise of modeling job in Japan

Escaped traffickers with the help of a convent, set up new life in Canada

Began running to cope with trauma, completed world's longest triathlon in 2014

CNN  — 

What does it sound like inside Norma Bastidas’ head?

The 49-year-old mother-of-two is a celebrated ultra-marathoner, known to have trekked 150 miles across the scorched deserts of Namibia or run double-marathons over an icy tundra in Antarctica.

On these extreme endurance competitions, often the only sound accompanying the silent lyrics of her thoughts is the percussive beat of rubber soles on dirt trails or ancient ice.