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Sarah Reinertsen around the world in 7 days

Sarah Reinertsen

Sarah at the finish line in Miami, FL after the last race on the final continent.

On October 14, 2005, Sarah Reinertsen became the first female amputee to complete the Ironman World Championship in Kona on a prosthetic limb. With numerous triathlons and international medals in between, Sarah is always looking for a new challenge. On February 5, 2018, Sarah became the first amputee to complete the World Marathon Challenge by running seven races on all seven continents in seven days. The challenge took Sarah to Antarctica, Cape Town, Perth, Dubai, Lisbon, Cartagena and Miami.

There were 55 runners who participated this year, but Sarah was part of a unique group who defied incredible odds to be there. Team Hold the Plane consisted of 16 members, each running to raise money for charity. Joining Sarah was a woman with cerebral palsy and her running partner, as well as a man with Parkinson's.

Her teammates wrote of her, "Sarah Reinertsen was the sunshine through the rain for this group. She remained upbeat and positive throughout the adventure. She was a joy to be around. She made friends everywhere we went and never turned anyone who wanted a picture with her or an autograph away. A true class act, Sarah was such an integral part of Team Hold the Plane."

With temperatures varying from -3° F in Antarctica to 90° F in Cartagena, Sarah was concerned how the hydraulics in her Cheetah Knee would fair. Though she packed a spare leg, she completed the challenge on a single knee and one Flex-Run with Nike Sole.

Sarah will be live on Össur's Facebook page on Thursday, February 9 at 9 AM PST to talk about her experience and answer any questions.