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William J. COL and ROSS D. FRANKLIN – Associated Press

HILBERT, Ariza (AP) – As Forrest Gump in the 1994 Oscar-winning film of the same name, lead actor Tom Hanks abruptly stops after more than three years of continuous running and tells his followers: “I’m pretty tired – I think I’ll go home now ».

Jackie Hunt-Broersma can contact. On Thursday, the amputee achieved her goal – to run 102 marathons in the same number of days, setting an unofficial world record among women.

And she can’t stop / not stop, saying that for good measure run two more and finish her call on Saturday 104. “I could also end the April marathon,” she told the Associated Press.

The British Guinness Book of World Records did not immediately respond to an email asking for comment. Ratification of the organization’s world record could take up to a year.

Guinness lists the men’s record for the number of consecutive daily marathons – 59, set in 2019 by Enzo Caparazzo from Italy.

“I’m just happy I did it – I can’t believe it,” she said. “The best part is the incredible support I received from people from all over the world who came to me and told me how it inspired them to seek it.”

Hunt Broersma, 46, began her search on January 17. overcome a classic marathon distance of 26.2 miles (42.2 kilometers) on a circular track paved near her home in Gilbert, Arizona, or on an indoor treadmill. Since then, a South African native who lost her left leg below the knee due to a rare cancer and works on a carbon fiber prosthesis has been “rinsed and repeated” every day.

Her initial goal was to run 100 marathons in 100 days to win a record 95 set in 2020 Alice Amos Clark, a non-disabled runner from Bennington, Vermont, who adopted this as a pandemic strategy. But earlier this month after British non-disabled runner Kate Jaden unofficially broke Clark’s record with 101 marathons in 101 days, Hunt Broersma realized she needed to run at least 102.

On foot, day after day, she covered 2,672 miles (4,300 kilometers) – the equivalent of running from her Phoenix suburb to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, or from New York to Mexico City.

Along the way, Hunt-Broersma gained a huge number of subscribers on social media and raised nearly $ 27,000 to help other runners with amputees get the necessary expensive prostheses. Health insurance usually does not cover expenses that can exceed $ 10,000.

Hunt-Broersma, who ran 92nd at the Boston Marathon this month, hopes her quest to inspire people everywhere to push herself to hard things.

What next awaits the athlete for endurance? The 240-mile (386-kilometer) ultra-race will take place over mountainous terrain in October in Moab, Utah.

From Boston reported Cole.

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