Patrycja Bereznowska rewrote the history books, breaking the women’s 48-hour world record at Poland’s UltraPark Weekend 48 Hour race on May 15, 2022.
Bereznowska totaled 403.32 kilometers (250.611 miles) over the weekend to set the new benchmark, bettering the record by over six kilometers. Japan’s Sumie Inagaki had held the previous record of 397.103k since 2010.
The 46-year-old Polish runner became the first woman to break the 400k (250 miles) barrier in a 48-hour race. Previously, she unofficially ran 401k in Greece in 2018. However, the distance was never ratified. This weekend Bereznowska, who also holds course records at the Badwater 135 Mile and Spartathlon, made it official.
The 48-hour UltraPark Weekend course in Pabianice, Poland, covers a flat asphalt loop just over a mile long. When the race ended at 6:30 p.m. local time on Sunday, Bereznowska was in the middle of her 233rd lap. She’d already broken Inagaki’s old record 40 minutes before. Here are the full results from the event.
Afterward, the runner commented on the feat in a Facebook post with an understandably brief annotation:
“403.320 kilometers have been covered … now we can eat,” Bereznowska wrote (translated). The post concludes with the emojis for pizza and drinks — and a smile.