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New Challenge: Break the 5KM World Record on Crutches

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Photo by: PHOTO BY MICHAEL REICHERT

It’s normal for someone to stop running and focus on recovery when you’re injured, much more if you’re walking with crutches. But Leah Thorvilson, 36 from Arkansas, decided to take on a different challenge.

Last Saturday, Thorvilson unofficially broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest 5K… on CRUTCHES (One Legged Run, Female), when she crossed the finish line with a time of 57:24 at the Walk to Remember 5K in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Her best marathon time was 2:36:26, and her best 5K time was 16:02. After a surgery last May 7 to repair the meniscus and a cartilage defect of her femur, she was advised to rest but despite her injuries, the desire to compete remains.

“I could sit around for six weeks and do nothing, or I could get up and move,” she said.

Today she unofficially holds the World Record Title for fastest 5K on Crutches with a record time of 57:24. Injured? So, who wants to try and break this record?

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