Australian athlete Mina Guli fights fractured femur in bid to run 100 marathons in 100 days
Activist Mina Guli’s goal of running 100 marathons in 100 days for charity has been thrown off course by a fractured femur.
- Mina Guli is trying to raise awareness of global water shortages
- The activist has 36 marathons left to complete
- The 48-year-old risks causing long-term damage to her femur if she continues to run
The 48-year-old had completed 60 marathons to raise awareness of global water shortages before doctors told her continuing to run could cause long-term damage.
After initially planning to walk the remaining marathons, within days she was told that the fracture had grown, forcing her to let supporters do the 64th run, in South Africa, on her behalf.
It is unclear when or if she will be able to resume her mission.
Tweet from @minaguli: This week I completed my 60th consecutive daily marathon as part of my campaign to address the global water crisis
“If I run in this condition, the fracture could grow and cause long-term damage. I’m absolutely gutted,” Ms Guli said in a video shared on her website.
In announcing her decision to “pass the baton on” to her supporters, she said “this movement is bigger than me”.
Ms Guli is the founder of Thirst, a non-profit group that teaches youth in China about the sustainable consumption of water.
She was named in Fortune Magazine’s 2016 list of the 50 greatest leaders in the world, alongside the Pope and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
While this run is her most demanding yet, Ms Guli is no stranger to punishing projects.
In 2016 she finished running 40 marathons across seven deserts on seven continents in seven weeks — a world first.
And in 2017 she upped the ante, completing 40 marathons in 40 days.
Mina Guli, left, was forced to “pass the baton” to her Running Dry team. (Instagram: Mina Guli)
Speaking to the ABC after completing her first of 100 marathons in New York in November last year, Ms Guli explained what motivates her: “I’m doing it for one reason, and that is to raise awareness about the water crisis.
“I wanted to do something that made an impact. I wanted to do something that drew attention to the problem.
“And I wanted to do something that was so outside my comfort zone that would show people just how much we can achieve when we persevere.”