Harriet Thompson Sets Marathon Record at 92

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Age is nothing but a number- at least for Harriet Thompson, who became the oldest person on record to run a marathon. She participated in the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon at age 92 years and 93 days- and she is planning on returning next year again. Damn. You go, girl:


Thompson of Charlotte, North Carolina crossed the finish line at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in 7 hours and 24 minutes with a large crowd celebrating her victory. It was the 16th time she has participated in the San Diego marathon.

The previous record was set by Gladys Burill, who was 92 years, 19 days old when she completed the Honolulu Marathon in 2010. Thompson was 92 and 93 days old on Sunday.

“I’m amazed that they’re interested. I just feel I don’t deserve this, but I’m enjoying it,” said Thompson, who plans to return to San Diego next year for the race. She continues to participate in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Thousands of runners set off on the 13.1-mile and 26.2 mile courses shortly after 6 a.m., on Sixth Avenue on the west side of Balboa Park. The marathon course went through Balboa Park, downtown San Diego, Mission Bay, the Morena District, and Mission Valley then finished at Petco Park in the East Village.

“San Diego is always a great venue for a race,” said Don Lein, the USATF masters long distance running chairman. “You don’t have to worry about the weather and the race itself is always professionally run. We don’t ever have to worry about our athletes not being treated properly.”

Wow. I’d like to think I could be doing all of this at 92, but I can’t even run now. This lady is awesome, and proves that if you really want it, you can get it, and you can do it. What an inspiration you are, Harriet. See you next year!

Written by Katie McGuire. Follow Katie on Twitter @GOPKatie, On Facebook, or email the author at [email protected]

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