Gilbert runner sets unofficial record with 104 consecutive marathons
A Gilbert woman has set an unofficial world record for most consecutive marathons run.
Jacky Hunt-Broersma ran 104 marathons in as many days, unofficially breaking a women’s world record. The record has yet to be ratified by Guinness World Records. She covered more than 2,724 miles on a loop course near her Gilbert home and an indoor treadmill. Hunt-Broersma uses a prosthetic running blade after losing her leg to a rare bone cancer in 2001.
"There’s so many factors running with a prosthetic," Hunt-Broersma said. "I wasn’t sure if my stump would hold up, would my blade possibly break during part of it. It’s a lot of miles and I wasn’t sure how my body would react.”
She says pacing and not running too fast were key to completing all 104 marathons.
“I would find when I’m doing anything like speedwork or just hitting them a lot faster, my body seems to break down a lot more," Hunt-Broersma said. "So this was just to soften it and make sure that I could get to the 104 [miles].”
Hunt-Broersma’s streak raised more than $192,000 to help others access prosthetic running blades.