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Colorado woman talks about record-setting 1,000-mile run
In the first six days, Diane Van Deren's teammates were lancing her blisters and taping her sodden feet several times a day.
The endurance runner from Sedalia motored through 10 pairs of shoes as she ran 20-plus hours a day through a tropical storm that doused the Smoky Mountains on North Carolina's technical Mountain to Sea Trail.
Unable to read maps or remember directions due to a brain injury, the 52-year-old relied on "Team Diane" guides as she navigated the often unmarked trail.
Still, the heroic Van Deren ran. Step after step, sleeping at most three but usually one hour a day.
And last Friday morning, 22 days, five hours and three minutes after she started running atop a rain-slicked granite knoll in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, she stopped on a sandy beach, setting a record for the 1,000-mile course.