"Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you've come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome. Then raise your head high and forge ahead knowing you've got this!"
Ultra marathon runner, mother of two & cancer survivor Jacky Hunt-Broersma broke the unofficial women's world record on Thursday, running 102 marathons in 102 days. The 46-year-old completed her challenge on Saturday, running her 104th marathon. At age 26, Hunt-Broersma lost her leg to cancer shortly after her diagnosis. Inspired by her runner husband, she ran her first half-marathon in 2016: "The first time I ran it gave me a sense of freedom — it had given me something I didn't think possible." She hopes her journey will "inspire others to get out of their comfort zones and try something new," and has raised over $88K for a nonprofit that provides amputees with free running prosthetics.
Here's Jacky's official website: ncrunnerjacky.com
102 marathons in 102 amputee's unofficial world record (Associated Press)
- Note: Jacky started her challenge to run 100 marathons in 100 days, but then when "nondisabled British runner Kate Jayden unofficially broke Clark's record with 101 marathons in 101 days, Hunt-Broersma realized she need to run at least 102" (Associated Press)
Distance Persistence (Blue Ridge Outdoors)
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