Sika Henry is a professional triathlete, as well as a marathon and ultra runner. She is the first African American woman to earn her pro card in triathlon, which she did in 2021. And, in 2020, she ran a sub-3-hour marathon which added her name to The List, which accounts for all of the American-born Black women who have broken 3 hours in the marathon. There are currently 30 women on The List.
Sika is relatively new to the world of ultra running, and once she’d gotten a taste of the sport, she wanted to choose a meaningful event to aim for. At the suggestion of her mentor, Dan Empfield, she chose to tackle the 90km/56-mile Comrades Marathon in South Africa.
This is the story of Sika Henry’s experience at this, the world’s oldest and largest ultra-distance foot race. Though all didn’t go to plan, Sika came away with memories for a lifetime.
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NYT Article Mentioned by Sika Henry: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/04/sports/comrades-marathon-hoseah-tjale.html
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