92 years and 65 days old Harriette Thompson of Charlotte, North Carolina, completed Sunday’s Rock ‘n’ roll Marathon in San Diego in a little more than 7 hours and 24 minutes.
Organizer’s spokesman Dan Cruz confirmed that the grand old dame of long-distance running looked strong while jogging past the finishing line. What’s more, she sported a beaming smile for the eager (and visibly bewildered) audience and photographers which showed she was anything but intimidated by her age.
Thompson claimed the record from Gladys Burrill, who was 92 years and 19 days old when she finished the 2010 Honolulu Marathon. What makes her achievement even more remarkable is the fact that she is a cancer survivor and for a body weakened by chemotherapy, it takes significant effort to get back to even the routine tasks, let alone taking on 26.2 miles of run under the hot summer sun and some pretty challenging terrain.
This latest event is Thompson’s fifteenth marathon, and her training mode remains an inspiration for participants who weren’t even born (or perhaps, neither were their parents) when Ms Thomson put on her running shoes for the first time.