You’ll Never Believe How Far These People Run… and Why

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There are those who swim, there are those who dance, and there are those who run marathons every day of their lives. Think it's not good for you? You might change your mind when you hear these stories.

Daily Mail
Daily Mail

First, let us introduce a woman known as "Supergran." Andjelina Andjelic is 77 years old and she regularly runs ultramarathons. That's 62 miles, all at once.

62 miles.

Andjelic started when she was 55 as a means of living a healthier life, and eventually built her way up to greater distances. The longest she's gone has been 70 miles, which she told the Daily Mail took her 24 hours.

Time matters not to Andjelic, nevertheless, it's about health and wellness, and pursuing activities more exciting than homemaking. Who wants to bake when you can be a superwoman?

"Some even don't believe it when I say I am a granny," she said. "I think they expect me to sit at home and knit, or something."

Following in Supergran's invincible footsteps, Annette Fredskov, a 41-year-old mother of two from Denmark, decided she would run a marathon every day for a year. Her reason? She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

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To prove her mind was stronger than her body, Fredskov took up running as a means to combat her medical condition, starting with shorter races and eventually working up to the 26.2 mile course. Three years later, she completed her goal. She then went one step further, running 366 marathons in 365 days (two on the last day for a total of 52.4 miles).

Even better, Fredskov now shows no discomfort or symptoms from MS, and she's taken no drugs at all.

"Two years ago, I thought the same thing most people think: Running a marathon isn't healthy. A marathon is damaging to the body and it takes a long time to recover," she said to the Daily Mail. "I have now changed my mind. Marathons are the best things that have happened to my body and soul."

Fredskov also hopes to inspire others with her condition, commenting, "It should not deter you from living life to the fullest and going for your dreams. It is my hope that I am able to inspire others to do what they dream about."

Sometimes, people not only run for their own well being, but that of others. Tom Denniss, an Australian man recently named Oxfam's Ambassador for 100K Trailwalker events, garnered attention when he trekked across six continents, running 622 marathons in 622 days (over 16,000 miles) to raise awareness and money for charity.

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His athletic feat benefited Oxfam, which combats world poverty. Despite hitting challenges along the way, including 140-degree heat in the US summer, he persisted.

He also has his wife to thank, who drove behind him to provide water and make sure he never was lost.

"This is probably the first challenge I've really put myself to where I honestly didn't know at the start whether I was capable of completing it, so it's been a really good challenge in that way," Denniss told New Jersey News.

So… who's down for a jog now?