91-Year-Old Breaks Record at Marathon in San Diego

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No woman in her 90s has ever run a faster marathon than 91-year-old Harriette Thompson, who set a world record at the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Sunday.


Harriette Thompson, 91, finishes the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego marathon Sunday, June 1, 2014. (Credit: KSWB)

She finished the course in 7 hours, 7 minutes and 42 seconds. Beat the record? She shattered it.

USA Track & Field records the previous fastest time as 8:53:08, run by 90-year-old Mavis Lindgren in Portland, Ore., in 1997.

Thompson wasn’t running to eclipse that mark, though. She was running to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, for which she’s raised $90,000.

She started the race about 6:15 a.m. and ended close to 1:30 p.m.

Spending so long on your feet is an accomplishment for anyone, let alone a grandmother battling skin cancer who endured nine radiation treatments over 11 days about a month before the race.

Her longest run/walk before the marathon? Six miles.

Thompson, who lives in Charlotte, N.C., began running marathons at age 76. She’s now run 15. If she returns next year, she’ll be 92 years old, or the same age runner Gladys Burrill was when she finished the 2010 Honolulu Marathon in 9 hours and 53 minutes.

Competitor says Thompson is the second-oldest marathon finisher in world history, so there’s another record out there for her.

Hope to see you on the course next year, Gladys.

This article provided by the CNN Wire originally appeared in a slightly longer version on the San Diego Union-Tribune website.