GILBERT, Arizona (AP) – Chief actor Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump in the 1994 Oscar-winning film of the same name stopped abruptly after more than three years of continuous running and told his followers: “I’m pretty tired – I think I’m going home.”
Jacky Hunt-Broersma can understand. On Thursday, the amputee achieved her goal of running 102 marathons in so many days, setting an unofficial women’s world record.
And he can’t / won’t stop and say he’ll run two more for sure and end his Saturday call 104. “I could end April with a marathon,” she told The Associated Press.
The British Guinness Book of Records did not immediately respond to the e-mail with a request for comment. It may take up to a year for the organization to ratify the world record.
Guinness sets a men’s record in successive daily marathons 59, set in 2019 by Enzo Caporaso of Italy.
“I’m happy I did – I can’t believe it.” she said. “The best thing was the incredible support I received from people around the world who approached me and told me how it inspired them to make a name for themselves.”
Hunt-Broersma, 46, began her search on January 17, when she covered a classic marathon distance of 26.2 miles (42.2 km) on a loop near her house in Gilbert, Arizona, or on a treadmill indoors. That’s the way it has been since then “Rinse and repeat” every day for a native of South Africa who has lost her left leg below the knee due to rare cancer and is using a carbon fiber prosthesis.
Her original goal was to run 100 marathons in 100 days, so she broke the 95 record set in 2020 by Alyssa Amos Clark, a non-disabled runner from Bennington, Vermont, who adopted it as a pandemic strategy. But earlier this month, when British runner-free Kate Jayden unofficially broke Clark’s record of 101 marathons in 101 days, Hunt-Broersma realized she would have to run at least 102.
She walked 2,672 miles (4,300 kilometers) day in and day out, the equivalent of running from her Phoenix suburb to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, or New York to Mexico City.
During this time, Hunt-Broersma gained a huge number of fans on social media and raised almost $ 27,000 to help fellow runners after amputation get the expensive prostheses they need. Health insurance usually does not cover costs that can exceed $ 10,000.
Hunt-Broersma, who ran her 92nd Boston Marathon this month, hopes her quest will inspire people around the world to try to do difficult things.
What awaits the endurance athlete? The 240-mile (386-kilometer) ultra race will take place in mountainous terrain in October in Moab, Utah.
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