Running one marathon in a lifetime is a large feat for most people. A woman took a goal an extra step by running 106 marathons in 106 consecutive days, earning her a Guinness World Record.
Kate Jayden of Derbyshire, England, started running 26.2 miles per day on December 31, 2021, and finished on April 15, 2022. Instead of backing out of her New Year’s resolution, she actually stuck with it for 106 days. That’s longer than most of us make it.
Jayden smashed the record originally set by the United States runner Alyssa Clark, who held the record with 95 consecutive days to run a marathon distance (female).
“I had been a regular marathon and ultra-marathon runner for several years having ran my first marathon in 2011. I had just ran my personal best three weeks before I began the challenge and had done many multi-day endurance and ultra events,” Jayden said.
The runner’s initial plan was to run 100 marathons in 100 days while raising money for numerous charities. By the end of the attempt, she had raised over £43,000 (or $52,536) for those causes.
Jayden’s accomplishment would go on to be equaled by a pair of women from the United Kingdom, Fay Cunningham and Emma Petrie, who matched the record between February 19 and June 4, 2022.