- Associated Press - Sunday, January 31, 2016

BELMONT, Mass. (AP) - Belmont is throwing a parade and celebration this week for a local athlete who became the first U.S. woman to run seven marathons in seven days on seven continents.

Organizers say they’re planning to welcome Becca Pizzi (PEE’-zee) with the homecoming events on Thursday afternoon.

Pizzi won the women’s division of the World Marathon Challenge and finished in third place overall. The event involved running back-to-back 26.2-mile races in Antarctica, Chile, Miami, Spain, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Australia.

The 35-year-old day care center operator completed the challenge on Friday in a world-record time.

Pizzi was the first woman across the finish line - and the third overall - in all seven of the marathons.

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