Ten young female runners from the regions of Junín, Cusco, La Libertad, San Martín, and Lima are participating in the U.S. Department of State’s Sports Diplomacy Program that begins April 27 in Washington DC and Virginia, in partnership with George Mason University. These accomplished athletes from the Peruvian Athletics Federation are Deysi Chocca, Marilu Minaya, Sonia Salazar, Deysi Quispe, Mónica Quispe, Betty Zevallos, Lizaida Valdivia, Ariana Farfán, Lizbeth Ortiz and Yennifer Marreros, who traveled with their coaches Augusto Málaga and Patricia Martínez.
These athletes will participate in leadership and empowerment workshops in the U.S. that will give them the tools to develop volunteer programs in their hometowns. They will also continue their athletic training to become the next generation of Peruvian champions, following in the footsteps of Inés Melchor and Gladys Tejeda. Three team members from Huancayo – Deysi Quispe, Deysi Chocca, and Sonia Salazar – proved their ongoing efforts by sweeping the first three places at a 5 kilometer run that was part of the recent “North Face Endurance Challenge” in Virginia.