Sports: Runner lost a leg – now runs a marathon every day

Jackie Hunt Brewersma
She lost her leg to cancer – now she runs a marathon every day

Jacky Hunt-Broersma is about to break the world record

© Jacky Hunt-Broersma / Instagram

Jackie Hunt-Prorsma’s leg was amputated due to cancer. However, she set herself an ambitious goal: She wanted to run a marathon 102 days in a row.

What Jacky Hunt-Broersma makes is unimaginable to most people in the world: a South African who runs, runs, and runs. She runs a full marathon every day. This alone should command the respect of most two-legged people. It presents a particular challenge to Jacky Hunt-Broersma, because her leg had to be amputated.

When she was 26, her left leg was amputated. However, he did not deter this 46-year-old. She has a big goal in mind – a world record. Hunt-Broersma aims to become the first woman in the world to run 102 marathons in 102 consecutive days. On Monday she finished the prestigious Boston Marathon, No. 92. So the end is near.

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Goal: 102 marathons in 102 days

In 2001, Hunt-Broersma was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare type of cancer that mostly affects the bones. Her left leg had to be amputated below the knee. “The biggest problem for me was accepting the disappearance of a part of my body,” she told the Associated Press. Running helped her deal with it. Five years ago, she bought a carbon fiber prosthesis (it costs about $10,000) — and ran.

“Running has really changed my life,” said Hunt-Prorsma, who now lives in Arizona, USA. “It helped me accept myself as an amputee. It gave me a sense of freedom.” Hunt-Broersma continued to test her limits and finally set a more than ambitious goal: 100 marathons in 100 days. The world record at the time was 95. However, when a British woman recently completed 101 marathons in 101 days on a similarly ambitious task, Hunt-Broersma quickly achieved one better: she wants to do 102.

Jacky Hunt-Broersma: She lost her leg to cancer - now she runs a marathon every day

Donations for other amputees

She started Jan. 17, the first two weeks were tough, she told the AP, but now Hunt-Prossma is in full flow. “You can make peace with pain,” she explains. “My pain tolerance is pretty high right now. I take one step at a time.” It takes about five hours to run a marathon, and most of it she does near her home or on the treadmill. Her husband and many fans who follow her path on social networks support her.

For Hunt-Broersma, her project isn’t just about track or fitness, it’s also about encouraging other people with the same fate. It also collects donations so that other amputees can also afford expensive prosthetics. Her message: “You are stronger than you think – and you can do more.”

sources: AP / Jacky Hunt-Broersma on Instagram / GoFundMe


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