Female amputee completes 104 marathons in 104 days

Posted by Taylah Strauss on 12 May 2022

Amputee Jacky Hunt-Broersma has completed a whopping 104 marathons since the start of January and is on track to become a Guinness World Record holder.

South African-born Jacky was 26 years old when she received the devastating news that she had a rare bone cancer. As a life-saving measure, Jacky’s left leg was amputated, but she struggled to cope with her loss. Her husband was a runner, so she decided to give it a try in 2016 and hasn’t stopped since.

‘I’m an all or nothing person, so I just threw myself in,’ Jacky told BBC, on her decision to run 104 marathons in as many days. ‘I love pushing boundaries and seeing how far I can push.’

Jacky completed her goal on 30 April, having run a total of 4 399 km, with about 42.3 km per day: ‘Running has made such a difference on my mental state and it showed me how strong my body can be. It gave me a total new acceptance of who I am and that I can do hard things.’

She has also raised more than R3 137 054 for Amputee Blade Runners, a non-profit organisation that provides free prosthetics that are typically not covered by medical aid.

Jacky isn’t waiting for the dust to settle. She’s already planning her next challenge: the Moab trail marathon, a 240-mile race (386 243 km) in the United States.

If you want to know more about Jacky, click here, or follow her journey on social media.

Picture: Screenshot from video


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