For even the most elite athletes, crossing the finish line of a marathon is no easy task, but for Harriette Thompson, completing the 26.2-mile endeavor at Sunday’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego put her in the record books. Thompson, 92, accomplished the task in 7 hours and 24 minutes, becoming the oldest woman to finish a marathon.
Thompson, a cancer survivor and mother of five who resides in a retirement community in Charlotte, N.C., has always tried to stay fit. At the age of 76, she decided to participate in her first marathon and has earned 15 marathon completion medals since that time, only missing one year due to cancer treatment.
Thompson runs for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, a cause that she powerfully advocates. Through the years, she has single-handedly raised over $100,000 for the organization, dedicating her will for the several family members she has lost to leukemia.
Caring for her husband, who lost his battle with cancer in January, put a short halt on her normal amount of training. But with her positive disposition, Thompson, accompanied by her 56-year-old son, Brenny, crossed the finish line with a huge smile on her face.
Thompson, a former concert pianist, has always lived her life full of positivity and attributes that to all of her success in spite of her many setbacks. She plans to continue her career of running for as long as her body allows.
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