A 92-Year-Old Becomes The Oldest Woman To Ever Finish A Marathon

Jun 4, 2015 By Christi Mulligan
Harriette Thompson is a 92-year-old grandmother who completed the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in 7 hours, 24 minutes and 36 seconds. In doing so, she became the oldest woman to ever complete a 26.2-mile race. The former record holder, Gladys Burrill, ran the 2010 Honolulu Marathon in 9:53:16 at 92 years and 19 days old. She was 74 days younger than Thompson is right now. Thompson, a concert pianist and grandmother of 10, runs to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and raised $100,000. She has run the marathon every year since 1999, only missing it in 2013 when she herself was diagnosed with cancer and was in radiation treatment. Thompson has lost both parents, three brothers and her husband of 67 years to cancer, so the cause is very close to her heart.

She completed the race alongside her son Brenny Thompson, 56. Around mile 21, she was struggling a bit, as the race was uphill at that point, but as she headed downhill, she was able to settle back in to complete the race. Brenny shared that his mom tends to lean to one side as she runs, so "every once and a while I had to tell her 'Lean right' and she would lean more to the right."
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