Setting world records and competing in World Championships is something that takes years of dedication, trial, and failure to achieve. One Endwell native got to that point in just her second-ever Hyrox race, unbeknownst to her, she had been training for this moment way before she even knew what the sport was. 

Hyrox is a functional fitness including...

"Eight by 1000 meter runs and in between the runs there are eight functional fitness stations that you have to complete before you can move on to the next step," said Meg Jacoby said. "The stations include a skier, go rower, sandbags for lunges, kettlebells for farmers carries, sleds. You're doing a pull with a rope and then you're pushing a sled."

So you basically need to be a super athlete to even think about competing. The good thing is that endurance training has been ingrained in Meg's life for a long time as a Division I runner at UConn and BU.

"All the tools in my repertoire to be able to be good at it and just kind of like jump in headfirst with it," Jacoby said. "And thankfully, I've had a really, really successful career with it so far."

And what if you asked her then if she'd be competing for world records ten years later?

"No, definitely not," Jacoby said. "If you told me then that I'd be doing this now, I might not have believed it. So it's been a it's been a really interesting thing at 31 and 32, to become a professional athlete. It's not something that I ever would have thought that I would be doing at this point in my life."

And doing incredibly well, in Jacoby's first-ever Hyrox race, the rookie knew she could be a star.

"I was very excited because I knew, okay, if I clean this up, if I get my head on straight, you know, there's a lot to think about when you're doing this type of stuff that, you know, likely I can run a really fast time," Jacoby said.

Megan couldn't have been more right as in her second race ever, she set a world record.

"There are emcees and there are people talking in and on the loudspeaker and they started saying things like, she's on pace and she could break the record if she keeps going and all of this stuff," Jacoby said. "And that was obviously a huge part of the mental side to it. Once I realized that, of course, that kind of adrenaline starts to kick in and then at that point as a competitor, I certainly wasn't going to back down."

Jacoby has since lost the record and then got it back, being the first woman to ever break an hour back in April and after being the World Champions runner-up, Jacoby's sights are set on running it back with bigger and broader achievements. 

"My goal is obviously to be world champion now," Jacoby said. "I want to continue to break the barriers for the women. I don't think they thought we would be going sub an hour yet. So to be the first woman to accomplish that goal and pave kind of like start paving that path that like we are capable and we can do."