104 and no more: the amputee ends his marathon record quest | Radio WGN 720

When amputee Jacky Hunt-Broersma says her mantra is ‘I can do hard things’, she’s not kidding – the amputee ran 104 marathons in as many days, all using a carbon fiber prosthesis .

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

“What a trip,” she tweeted.

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

Brick Runners, an organization that supports athletes raising money for charity, even designed a Jacky-inspired Lego-style character with one of his favorite t-shirts, which reads: “Strong Has Many Forms”.

Hunt-Broersma has also raised more than $67,000 to help other amputee blade runners get the expensive prostheses they need. Health insurance usually does not cover the cost, which can exceed $10,000.

Every day since mid-January, she has run the classic marathon distance of 26.2 miles (42.2 kilometers) either on a loop course set up near her home in Gilbert, Arizona, or on a treadmill at the inside.

Her original goal was to run 100 marathons in 100 days so she could break the record of 95 set in 2020 by Alyssa Amos Clark, a non-disabled runner from Bennington, Vermont, who did so as a coping strategy for the pandemic. . But last month, after able-bodied British runner Kate Jayden unofficially broke Clark’s record of 101 marathons in 101 days, Hunt-Broersma realized she needed to run at least 102.

In an interview with The Associated Press, she said she hopes her quest will inspire people around the world to push themselves, regardless of their physical limitations.

Guinness World Records spokeswoman Amanda Marcus said the Britain-based organization was aware of Hunt-Broersma’s attempt and it would take 12 to 15 weeks to review the evidence before the record was released. can be confirmed.

Guinness lists the men’s record for consecutive daily marathons at 59, set in 2019 by Italian Enzo Caporaso.

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