92-Year-Old Marathon Runner Breaks Record
Marathons are challenging for even the most experienced runners. However, for 92-year-old Harriette Thompson, age is just a number when it comes to the activity. She is living proof that you're never to old to start learning something new — she got involved with the sport at the age of 76.
Thompson made history Sunday by completing the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll marathon with an unofficial finishing time of 7:24:36. This makes her the oldest woman to run a competitive 26 miles and 385 yards, reports TIME.
Not only is Thompson a marathon-running machine, she’s also a two-time cancer survivor. Aside from overcoming her own battle with the disease, she lost her husband to cancer in January 2015. Throughout her marathon running career, she’s raised over $100,000 to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Thompson often runs with her son, Brenny, making the sport an even bigger family affair.
Gladys Burrill, who ran the Honolulu Marathon at 92 years and 19 days old, previously held the record that Thompson broke.
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