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Record triathlon brings awareness

Norma Bastidas' perseverance benefited fight against human trafficking

Updated: May 28, 2014, 2:11 PM ET
By Doug Williams | Special to ESPN.com

Before starting an attempt at a 3,762-mile triathlon on March 1, Norma Bastidas knew there would be obstacles.

Her body would take a pounding. The weather would no doubt be harsh. She'd get sick or have equipment failures.

As a veteran ultra-distance athlete, Bastidas often has overcome challenges, but this time she didn't account for one thing: salt water.

The first leg of what would be the world's longest triathlon would be a 122-mile swim in the Caribbean. Almost immediately ...

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