Ultramarathon Runner ● Lecturer ● Writer
Kristina Paltén is an adventurer, ultramarathon runner, lecturer, writer, and coach. She is the first woman to run alone through Iran, for a distance of 1,840 kilometers—a feat that was featured in the documentary “Alone Through Iran – 1144 Miles of Trust.”
Kristina has previously run 3,262 kilometers from Turkey to Finland and then kayaked 493 kilometers home to Stockholm together with her friend Carina Borén.
Also on the merit list is Kristina’s world-record run of 322.93 kilometers in 48 hours on a treadmill, the Swedish record for a six-day run of 721.79 kilometers, sailing from Fiji to New Zealand, and climbing Mt. Aconcagua, which, at 6,962 meters, is the highest mountain in the Americas.
Kristina has an M.Sc. in Materials Physics and 18 years of experience as a project manager and general manager. Today, she writes, does coaching, and is an invited speaker to conferences such as TEDx, inspiring people to make the impossible possible.