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44-year-old Quebecer sets world record at London Marathon on standard wheelchair

Jani Barré from Quebec set a Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon in a non-racing wheelchair last month in London, England. On Barre’s tenth marathon completed across ten different cities, she finished in a record time 4 hours, 19 minutes, and 21 seconds, setting a Guinness World Record in the process.

“It’s tough,” Barré said to the media. “Using a regular wheelchair makes things harder; a racing chair would be faster. But that’s the challenge. It’s what sets me apart, as not many people do marathons in regular wheelchairs.”

Barré has endured 157 fractures caused by osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease. She attributes her survival to Montreal’s Shriners Hospital. However, her recovery from treatments was not solely reliant on medical intervention; she also had to strengthen her muscles to protect her bones. Her most recent fracture occurred over 20 years ago.

Barré worked hard at her father’s gym, building her strength through boxing. Manon Pilon, Jani Barré’s partner, is proud of Barré’s ability to inspire millions during their global marathon appearances.

Setting this record fulfills Barré’s lifelong dream, but she is not stopping here. She delivers motivational speeches, performs as a comedian, and is already preparing for her next marathon in Berlin this September.

“If I could achieve this, anyone can achieve great things,” says Barré.