Woman sets world record by running 95 marathons in 95 days


One such Vermont ultra runner did last year when the world went into lockdown, and it has earned him women’s world record He spent the most consecutive days running the marathon at 26.2 miles.

Alyssa Clark, 28, of Burlington, said she “finds the whole thing incredible.”

“I never started my journey of running 95 marathons thinking that I would be the world record holder,” Clark said. “Every day was a gift and like to end with it, I’m still shocked that it happened and I’m so grateful for it.”

Clark was training for ultra races, which are longer than a marathon distance, and began his marathon pursuit when those ultra races were cancelled. At that time, her husband, who is in the Navy, was stationed in Naples, Italy in March 2020. When the country went under lockdown, he said he had to think of a new way to challenge himself.

“And so … March 31, I just got on a treadmill and started running,” Clark said of the lockdown in March 2020.

With the lockdown expected to last only two weeks, Clarke thought she would only last 14 or 15 days in a row. And as it grew, so did his goal.

But the hardest part was making sure she was in a position to continue each day, she said.

“There’s no reaction to it… if you make a mistake or if you don’t finish it or something like that, you won’t get tomorrow,” he said.

About 25 days in, she said she saw what the record was for.

The previous women’s record was set in 2015 by England’s Alice Burch, who ran the marathon distance for 60 consecutive days.

Knowing she was almost halfway to breaking the record, Clark thought, “Maybe it’s a possibility,” and set a goal of 100 days in a row.

In fact, she even managed to move from Italy to Florida during an international move. He ran a marathon at 1 a.m. during a layover at a German military base.

However, on his 96th day, Clarke could not finish the run after experiencing chest pain. She and her husband later tested positive for Covid.

Clark said she isn’t looking to break another world record because of the arduous process of filing for one; It took him almost a year from the time he began compiling witnesses’ statements, videos and ongoing data for submission.

But she’ll soon attempt to have the fastest time on the Pinhoti Trail, which spans 335 miles between Alabama and Georgia.

“Running is my constant,” Clarke said. “I’m the best version of myself when I’m running.”