Very sporty since she was a child, Malen competed in football and swimming from the age of 10. She inherited her love for the mountains from her parents and has always been attached to them. It wasn’t until after the Covid lockdown that she started running regularly in the mountains, but only for pleasure. She realized that she could compete at a professional level, so she decided to take a leap and run her first race in August 2021. Since then, she has fallen in love with trail running: from the adrenaline to the suffering, all the way to the enjoyment that comes with finishing. She says she just climbs until she can’t go any higher and then charges down as fast as she can. In running trail races, she has found the perfect combination of connecting to nature and embracing her competitive spirit.