GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — As Forrest Gump within the Oscar-winning 1994 movie of the identical identify, lead actor Tom Hanks abruptly trots to a halt after greater than three years of nonstop operating and tells his followers: “I’m pretty tired — I think I’ll go home now.”
Jacky Hunt-Broersma can relate. On Thursday, the amputee athlete achieved her purpose of operating 102 marathons in as many days, setting an unofficial girls’s world file.
And she will’t cease/will not cease, saying she’ll run two extra for good measure and wrap up her problem on Saturday with 104. “I might as well end April with a marathon,” she advised The Related Press.
Britain-based Guinness World Data didn’t instantly reply to an e mail requesting remark. It could possibly take as much as a yr for the group to ratify a world file.
Guinness lists the boys’s file for consecutive day by day marathons as 59, set in 2019 by Enzo Caporaso of Italy.
“I’m just happy that I made it — I can’t believe it,” she stated. “The best thing was the incredible support I’ve received from people around the world who’ve reached out, telling me how this has inspired them to push themselves.”
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Hunt-Broersma, 46, started her quest on Jan. 17, protecting the traditional 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) marathon distance on a loop course laid out close to her dwelling in Gilbert, Arizona, or on a treadmill indoors. Since then, it has been “rinse and repeat” day by day for the South Africa native, who misplaced her left leg under the knee to a uncommon most cancers and runs on a carbon-fiber prosthesis.
Her authentic purpose was to run 100 marathons in 100 days so she’d beat the file of 95 set in 2020 by Alyssa Amos Clark, a nondisabled runner from Bennington, Vermont, who took it on as a pandemic coping technique. However earlier this month, after nondisabled British runner Kate Jayden unofficially broke Clark’s file with 101 marathons in 101 days, Hunt-Broersma realized she’d have to run not less than 102.
On foot, day in and time out, she’s lined 2,672 miles (4,300 kilometers) — the equal of operating from her Phoenix suburb to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, or from New York Metropolis to Mexico Metropolis.
Alongside the best way, Hunt-Broersma gained an enormous social media following and raised practically $27,000 to assist fellow amputee blade runners get the costly prostheses they want. Medical insurance sometimes would not cowl the associated fee, which may exceed $10,000.
Hunt-Broersma, who ran her 92nd at this month’s Boston Marathon, hopes her quest will encourage individuals in all places to push themselves to do arduous issues.
What’s subsequent for the endurance athlete? A 240-mile (386-kilometer) extremely race to be staged over mountainous terrain in October in Moab, Utah.
Kole reported from Boston.