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Amputee athlete from Arizona sets Guinness World Record, 102 marathons in 102 days

Jacky Hunt-Broersma
Edwin Broersma via AP

An amputee athlete from Arizona has set an unofficial world record, running 102 marathons in 102 days.

Jacky Hunt-Broersma made history on Thursday and now says she may run two more for good measure. She's been covering the classic 26.2-mile distance every day since Jan. 17 when she began her quest near her home in Gilbert, AZ.

The South Africa native runs on a carbon-fiber prosthesis since she lost her left leg below the knee to a rare cancer.

Along the way of her marathon journey, Hunt-Broersma gained a huge social media following and raised nearly $27,000 to help fellow amputee blade runners get the expensive prostheses they need. Health insurance typically doesn’t cover the cost, which can exceed $10,000.

The previous women's record of 101 marathons in as many days was set earlier this month by Kate Jayden, a nondisabled British runner.

Guinness lists the men’s record for consecutive daily marathons as 59, set in 2019 by Enzo Caporaso of Italy.