- Jacky Hunt-Broersma
- 104 day(s)
- United States (Gilbert)
The most consecutive days to run a marathon distance (female) - LA2 is 104, achieved by Jacky Hunt-Broersma (USA) in Arizona, USA, from 17 January to 30 April 2022.
Jacky lost her lower left leg in 2001 due to Ewing Sarcoma - a rare form of cancer which impacts tissue around the bones.
On her inspirations for taking on the record challenge, she commented: “I believe that we are all capable of so much more than we think we are and I wanted to show people that. I also wanted to help others so I added a fund raising element. Running prosthetics are really expensive and health insurance doesn't always cover them in the US. Running helped me accept myself as an amputee, it made me realize that I am capable of so much more than I ever imagined and so I wanted to give the gift of running to other amputees. I originally planned to raise $10,000 but raised an incredible $194,000, which will help so many people.”
She took up running around 6 years ago, and has completed a number of long-distance challenges – including a 100-mile race just 3 weeks before the start of this record attempt!
She says the record attempt was “definitely was one of the hardest things I have ever done mentally. I had to fight with myself on a daily basis to keep going.” During runs she would play mental games with herself and would only focus on one mile at a time.
Jacky is a mother to 2 children, aged 9 and 12. She planned the majority of her runs around their school hours. Of all the runs, her slowest was around 7 hours, due to extreme heat conditions on the day. Her fastest was around 4 hr 30 mins. Her main focus was on maintaining a slow and steady pace to preserve energy and avoid injury.
One of the main challenges she faced was swelling on her leg. “My stump got really swollen during this challenge so much so that I couldn't fit into one of my running prosthetics. Luckily I had an old one that was wider that I could fit into. I would ice my stump after each run, it helps with the swelling. I used my massage gun on all my tight muscles and I would soak in a bath with salts.”
She is most excited to share the news of her Guinness World Records title with her children, and hopes that "this will help inspire the next generation of adaptive athletes and that they too can dream big and that having a prosthetic doesn't need to hold you back. You can do hard things!”