Anim Swart, 54, runs her sixth consecutive daily marathon May 1, 2020 in White Plains to raise money and awareness for frontline responders.
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A marathon runner pushed herself to the extreme for frontline workers who are doing the same.
Anim Swart, a White Plains-based certified IRONMAN coach, was going to compete in the 2020 RacingthePlanet’s (RTP) Grand Slam Plus series of races on the deserts of five continents, but the competition was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
So the 55-year-old used her free time to run 26.2 miles everyday for six consecutive days with a 15-pound backpack from April 25 to May 1 on the Saxon Woods trails in White Plains as part of her donation campaign for frontline workers.
Swart said the goal was $1,500. As of Friday afternoon, donations were a little under $1,600. The money will go to the people who are still working to make sure we safe at home, local essential businesses, the local restaurants, the fire and police departments and the staff at the local hospitals.
“I took this on because front line workers push their boundaries of being there and being in the moment of making decisions on the line that can change a person’s life,” Swart said after her final marathon. “The experiences has been unreal. It defined me. I can push through pain I never thought I can experience. I busted my knee on day 5 but quitting wasn’t an option. They can’t quit on the frontline. No way. On day 6, I ran like warrior.”
When asked what’s her message to the frontline workers and everyone coping with the virus – whether it’s job loss, sickness or death – she said, “5. Don’t be afraid to embrace your inner strength of greatness no matter the obstacle.”
“You can overcome everything. I have overcome many obstacles but giving up was not even part of it,” she said.
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