Jocelyn Rivas, 24, completed the final leg in her quest to become the youngest runner to finish 100 marathons on Sunday when she crossed the finish line in the Los Angeles Marathon. Now it will await the ratification of Guinness World Records.
With the number 100, Rivas finished in an unofficial time of 5 hours, 10 minutes and 33 seconds.
Rivas ran his first marathon in 2014, also in the Los Angeles Marathon. In the seven years since then, he has run marathons in 14 states. British runner Elizabeth Tunna, who ran her 100th place in 2011 when she was 24 years and 351 days old, holds the current Guinness World Record. Rivas did it with 24 years and 292 days on Sunday.
Rivas will also take the title of the youngest Latina to run 100 marathons, a mark that Nadia Ruiz obtained in 2013 when she was 28 years old.
Rivas had planned to break the Guinness record with time to spare, but the coronavirus pandemic nearly closed the world of competition in March 2020. To make up for lost time, Rivas has run 30 marathons this year, twice even running 26.2 miles on consecutive days.
A DACA recipient who immigrated to the United States from El Salvador when she was 6 years old, Rivas has said that there is a message throughout her mileage.
“A lot of people don’t know the story of Dreamers or don’t know enough about Dreamers, so now they can put a face on it,” says Rivas. “They can say, ‘Hey look, this is just one example of a Dreamer, one in 800,000. They’re here to follow their dream.’