World Record Set at Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego, Harriette Thompson

September 9th, 2015

At 92 year old, Harriette Thompson, a two-time cancer survivor, finished the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon on May 31 with a time of 7 hours, 24 minutes and 36 seconds, making her the oldest woman to complete a marathon. Harriette began running marathons when she was 76 years old. The 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego marked her 16th marathon. She was accompanied by her son, Brenny. A resident of Charlotte, NC, she has only missed one San Diego race due to oral cancer treatment in 2013. Thompson lost her husband to cancer in January, and one of her sons has recently been diagnosed with cancer. She explained that she runs to raise money for cancer research; she raised more than $8,000 at Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. A former concert pianist, she plays complicated piano music in her head to get through a race. Thompson broke the record previously set by Gladys Burrill, who was a younger 92 years old when she finished the 2010 Honolulu Marathon at 9 hours, 53 minutes and 16 seconds. Thompson plans to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon on October 10.

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