Adeze Ojukwu with Agency reports
Amputee athlete, Jacky Hunt-Broersma, yesterday, set a new unofficial world women’s record of running 102 marathons.
The 46-year old Boston marathon finisher is now a world record-holder, for running 102 marathons in 102 straight days.
The highly-elated athlete said she had achieved her dream and promised to run two more marathons, to reach the 104 mark.
CBS described it as ‘the most consecutive marathons run by any woman ever. The Boston Marathon was number 92.’
‘Hunt-Broersma lost her leg to a rare form of cancer in 2001 and runs on a prosthetic. She runs to prove anything is possible if you set your mind to it.’
“I was told you can’t run because you’re an amputee, don’t even bother because you need prosthetics and it’s complicated and things like that. And when someone tells you that, because you suddenly can’t do it, you want to do it. That’s how my journey started,” she told WBZ-TV’s David Wade.
Her goal was to break the record and she just might keep on running, according to her.
“It’s an incredible feeling to be able to actually do that and to put yourself out there and having people just achieve things because of what you’re doing,” she said. “It’s just an amazing feeling.”
The athlete expressed her excitement on her Instagram page. ‘I did it.’ A new female world record 102 Marathons in 102 consecutive days. Thank you to everyone who came out to support me. I will post more details later, but for now I’m going to celebrate.’
How did she begin the record-breaking race?
Media giant, PA News agency said it started ‘with a 26.2 mile marathon near her Arizona home. Here are excerpts.
‘She began her quest on January 17, covering the classic 26.2-mile marathon distance on a loop course laid out near her home in Gilbert, Arizona, or on a treadmill indoors.’
Since then, it has been “rinse and repeat” every day for the South Africa native, who lost her left leg below the knee to a rare cancer and runs on a carbon-fibre prosthesis.
And she said she will run two more for good measure and wrap up her challenge with 104.
“I might as well end April with a marathon,” she told the Associated Press. “I’m just happy that I made it. I can’t believe it.
Her original goal was to run 100 marathons in 100 days so she would beat the record of 95 set in 2020 by Alyssa Amos Clark, a non-disabled runner from Bennington, Vermont, who took it on as a pandemic coping strategy.
But earlier this month, after British runner Kate Jayden, unofficially broke Ms Clark’s record with 101 marathons in 101 days, Ms Hunt-Broersma realized she would need to run at least 102.
On foot, day in and day out, she has covered 2,672 miles.
This is the equivalent of running from her Phoenix suburb to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, or from New York City to Mexico City.
Along the way, she gained a huge social media following and raised nearly 27,000 dollars to help fellow amputee blade runners get the expensive prostheses they need.
Ms Hunt-Broersma, who ran her 92nd at this month’s Boston Marathon, hopes her quest will inspire people everywhere to push themselves to do hard things.
Guinness World Records lists the men’s record for consecutive daily marathons as 59, set in 2019 by Enzo Caporaso of Italy.
“It’s an incredible feeling to be able to actually do that and to put yourself out there and having people just achieve things because of what you’re doing. ‘It’s just an amazing feeling,’” she said.