Beef Loving Texan Sets World Record

AUSTIN, TX – Montannah Kenney, a second grader from Austin and BEEF Team Kids member, recently set the world record as the youngest female to reach the summit of Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro. The seven-year-old reached the summit of the tallest freestanding mountain in the world with her mother, former professional triathlete and BEEF Team volunteer coordinator, Hollie Kenney.

“It’s truly an honor to have Montannah on our team,” said Ryan Moorhouse, general manager of Hartley Feeders and chairman of the Texas Beef Council (TBC) board. “As a cattleman, I’m always proud to see our BEEF Team representing us at rides and races throughout the state. Now, we can add a record setting climb on a different continent to the long list of team accomplishments.”

Montannah was inspired to climb the iconic peak to honor the memory of her father who died a week after her third birthday. She liked the idea of being among the clouds and closer to her father in heaven. The determined mother-daughter duo garnered national media attention with their story of adventure, perseverance and love.  

“We’re incredibly proud of Montannah and Hollie for setting a goal and working hard to achieve it,” said Jennifer Matison, TBC senior manager of consumer marketing. “Our Texas BEEF Team is a community of individuals full of passion and determination with an abundant amount of encouragement and comradery. Witnessing the team support Montannah’s goal is motiving in itself.”

The checkoff-funded Texas BEEF Team is a group of 1,200 beef loving fitness enthusiasts across the Lone Star State. The team is committed to living active, healthy lifestyles and are dedicated to serving their community and helping other lead healthier lives. Together, Beef Loving Texans and the Texas BEEF Team are working toward inspiring a healthier Texas.

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