By Victor Kanayo
Like the saying goes, impossibility is nothing where and when anyone makes up his or her mind and steps up to carry out certain tasks.
This much was demonstrated by an American amputee, Jacky Hunt-Broersma, dubbed the ultramarathon runner, after she ran 104 marathons in 104 days.
Apart from being the first woman to attain such feat, she has entered the Guinness World Record (GWR).
Already, the 48-year-old South African-born has tremendously recognised the GWR.
Flaunting her certificate on her Instagram Page, the amputee runner wrote, “You are capable of so much more than you think you are. 104 marathons in a 104-day official Guinness certificate.”
Hunt-Broersma also took to the social media platform to mark her 21 years of being an amputee, stating, “21 years of being an amputee, and I’ve never let it stop me from chasing my dreams.”
Many Travails Of A Record Breaker
According to findings, Jacky Hunt-Broersma wasn’t born an amputee, but she has since decided to turn her fortunes around despite growing hurdles.
It was in 2001 that she lost her leg to Ewing sarcoma when she was 26 years old and started running in 2016.
She quickly progressed from running 5 km races to running ultramarathons.
In 2019, she became the first amputee to compete in the TransRockies Mountain Stage Race in Colorado.
In 2020, she became the first amputee to run 100 miles on a treadmill, running it in 23 hours and 38 minutes.
While she originally planned to do it with an in-person race at the Umstead 100, she did so virtually due to the COVID-19 cancellations.