91 year old marathoner and cancer survivor sets record at Rock and Roll Marathon in San Diego
Who says you are too old to rock and roll? Apparently, nobody told Harriette Thompson who is 91 and a cancer survivor. She has run 15 marathons and just broke a record for marathoning in her age group according to the USATF.
She is not the only one who is in that upper age group who is doing marathons, or track and field events. The good news is that it is easier to make a record pace since the crowd thins when you are in your 90’s and you have less competition. Read more about Ms. Thompson here
Harriette Thompson is 91 years old, has run 15 marathons since 1998, raised $90,000 for cancer research, and just broke a record for the fastest marathon in her age group. Still, she doesn’t find her running all that impressive.
“I’ve only done one marathon a year,” Thomspon tells the Good News Blog, as if that weren’t a significant accomplishment.
Thompson began running marathons when she was 76 as a way to raise money for cancer research. Considering she’s lost many family members to the disease, she figured this was the best way to make a difference.
Her latest run was the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon on Sunday, which she completed in 7 hours, 7 minutes and 42 seconds, breaking the US record for the fastest marathon run in the 90-94 age group. The previous record was held by a 90-year-old runner in Portland, Oregon, who ran a marathon in 8:53:08, according to USA Track & Field.
Furthermore, Thompson ran without even training, as she’s currently going through radiation on her legs to get rid of minor skin cancer cells.
“My doctor and I agreed I should have waited to run the marathon until I wasn’t in bandages, so I was amazed that I even finished,” she comments. “It was a complete surprise.”