Brain Surgery Turns Woman Into Top Ultramarathoner

With part of her brain missing, runner takes her performance to the next level.

Diane Van Deren is an ultramarathoner who had a part of her right temporal lobe removed in 1997 as a result of her battle with epilepsy. Since that time Van Deren has won the Yukon Arctic Ultra 300 race and competed in countless ultramarathons around the world.

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Although she has difficulty in other aspects of her life, the removal of that part of her brain has actually allowed her to push the limits of her body. Without the sense of time and distance she is able to push past the mental barriers that a normal runner faces on a daily basis. All of us get lost and forget about how far we have gone on occasion, but this story brings that concept to an entirely new level.

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