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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. –A Virginia Beach woman plans to become the first woman to complete 50 Ironman competitions in 50 days, and also has a goal to fundraise $100,000.

Ashley Horner is a fitness celebrity who also considers herself a humanitarian. She officially begins her journey on August 14, and is efforting the challenge to raise awareness for the  Maison Fortuné Orphanage.

Her goal is to raise $100,000 for the orphanage. She will start and end in Haiti. Between those trips, Horner will travel to each of the 48 Continental United States, completing a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run each day. That means she will swim a total of 120 miles, bike 5,600 miles, and run 1,310 miles.

Last year, Horner raised $90,000 for the foundation by completing a 230-mile run along Haiti’s western border.

“I fell in love with the people of Haiti the first time I visited – their spirit, storytelling, and pride for being Haitian will inspire me as I do my small part for the children at Maison Fortuné,” Horner said in a press release.

You can read more about Horner’s journey and how she is training, here.