Patricia Alcivar (Patty Boom Boom) was born on December 12, 1983 from parents who emigrated from Barranquilla, Colombia. She is one of four sisters who grew up in a small two bedroom apartment in Woodside, Queens, N.Y. Her father was removed from their home when she was 10 years old leaving her mother to take care of four girls.
Patty left an abusive home at the age of 16 after completing her first NYC Marathon. She knew that if she could complete 26.2 miles on her own, she could do anything! She completed High School with honours while working after school to support herself.
Patty is a 2-time NYC Golden Gloves Champion, USA Nationals Champion, NY Metro Champion, Western States Champion and the first Female ever to be voted and win “Athlete of the Year,” as voted by the United States Olympic Committee. As a Professional Boxer, she captured the New York State title.
Patty’s passion is Alpine/Mountain Climbing and one of her goals is to be the first Latina from Queens, New York to climb the 7 Summits of the World. She has already successfully summited 3 of the 7 thus far: Kilimanjaro-the highest peak in Africa (in 2 days!), Aconcagua-the highest peak in South America and in the Western & Southern Hemispheres and Mount Elbrus in Russia-Highest Peak in Europe.
When Patty is not out climbing, running or boxing, she supports herself by working in a variety of ways which include being Spanish Interpreter/ Translator, EMT, Event Manager, Group Fitness Instructor & Print Ad & Commercial fitness model.
In Patty’s free time, she is an animal activist and is also active in Fighting Hunger & Poverty through NYCARES, Meals on Wheels and NYC Harvest which provide Food to homebound elderly or New Yorkers in need.
Patty hopes to go back to school in the near future for a Nursing degree and continue giving back and be a positive role model to athletes and women of all ages around the world.
Upon completion of her project " Climbing for a Dream-7 Summits" she would like to help build a foundation to educate people around the world about the great outdoors and how to use the challenge and beauty of nature to heal physically, mentally and spiritually.
CONTENT WARNING - we discuss leaving an abusive situation.
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Her nickname and professional boxing name
Who Patty is and what she does
Her goal to climb the 7 summits
3 done, with 4 more to go
Living in NYC on her own
Running her first marathon at 16
Being 1 of 4 sisters
Being inspired by the Boston Marathon and knowing she would run it one day
Coming from Colombia in South America
Being laughed at for her dream of running a marathon
Going for her first run at 5am
Joining the NYC Road Runners
Living in a bad situation at home
How running helped her leave an abusive situation
Being diagnosed with ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder
Being enrolled in sports at a young age
Getting into martial arts
Winning a world title in martial arts
Deciding what to do next
Lying about her age to get her first job
How she got into Boxing
Not being able to support herself through boxing
Taking the opportunity to focus on mountaineering
Falling in love with the mountains
Climbing in Ecuador
Wanting to take climbing to the highest level
Becoming more patient
Having to turn back from a summit
Her though process while climbing
Needing to be fully focused while climbing
Climbing Kilimanjaro in 2017 in 2 days!
Climbing Aconcagua in South America and why it was so challenging
Training for 12 months
Carrying all her own equipment at high altitude
The power of visualisation
Getting back to normal after summiting Aconcagua
Money and paying to climb mountains
Maintaining her motivation levels
The power of praying
Living in NYC during the pandemic
Making the most out of her time
Getting up at 3:30am
Her plans to go and climb Denali
Documenting and sharing her journey
Website - www.climbingforadream.com
Medium - link.medium.com/TqkCgkXDfcb
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