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Cancer survivor runs 104 marathons in 104 days, setting an unofficial world record

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When amputee athlete Jacky Hunt-Broersma says her mantra is, "I can do hard things," she's not kidding — the amputee athlete has run 104 marathons in as many days, all using a carbon-fibre prosthesis.

Ms Hunt-Broersma, 46, completed that epic quest on Saturday near her home in suburban Phoenix, setting an unofficial world record along the way.

"What a journey," she tweeted.

The South African native, who lost her left leg below the knee to a rare cancer, gained worldwide attention and a huge social media following after beginning her record attempt on January 17. 

Brick Runners, an organisation that supports athletes who raise money for charities, even designed a Lego-style character inspired by Ms Hunt-Broersma, complete with one of her favourite T-shirts, which reads: "Strong Has Many Forms."

Ms Hunt-Broersma also raised more than $67,000 to help fellow amputee blade runners get the expensive prostheses they need. Health insurance typically doesn't cover the cost, which can exceed $10,000.

Every day since mid-January, she covered the classic 42.2-kilometre marathon distance either on a loop course laid out near her home in Gilbert, Arizona, or on a treadmill indoors.

Her original goal was to run 100 marathons in 100 days so she'd beat a record of 95 set in 2020 by Alyssa Amos Clark, a non-disabled runner from Bennington, Vermont, who did it as a pandemic coping strategy.

But last month, after non-disabled British runner Kate Jayden unofficially broke Ms Clark's record with 101 marathons in 101 days, Ms Hunt-Broersma realised she'd need to run at least 102.

She said she hoped her quest would inspire people everywhere to push themselves regardless of their physical limitations.

A man in an orange t-shirt and cap hands a woman with red tshirt and cap a bottle of champagne.
Jacky Hunt-Broersma receives a bottle of champagne after finishing her 102nd marathon in 102 days in Arizona.

Guinness World Records spokesperson Amanda Marcus said the British-based organisation was aware of Ms Hunt-Broersma's attempt, and that it would take 12 to 15 weeks to review the evidence before the record can be confirmed.

Guinness lists the men's record for consecutive daily marathons as 59, set in 2019 by Enzo Caporaso of Italy.


Source: ABC


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