Weekend Inspiration – A 92-year-old Cancer Survivor became the Oldest Woman to finish a Marathon

Holy moly – 92 years old. I’d better get cracking on my training regimen. Truly inspiring woman!

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Harriette Thompson of Charlotte, of North Carolina, completed Sunday’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego in 7 hours, 24 minutes, 36 seconds. She was greeted by well-wishers as she crossed the finish line. The 92-year-old cancer survivor got into the record books Sunday, becoming the oldest woman to finish a marathon.

“I’m fine, they’re really pampering me here,” Thompson said in a firm, joyful voice as people all around her shouted congratulations.

This was her 17th Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and, by far, the hardest.

“It’s always harder but this year has been a bad year for me,” she said, adding her husband died in January following a lingering illness and she battled a staph infection in one of her legs.

“I couldn’t train very well because my husband was very ill and I had to be with him for some time and then when he died in January I had…

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I'm a mother, a lawyer, a feminist, a writer, a potter, and an inveterate and unapologetic New Yorker. My book, Arms Akimbo: A Journey of Healing, tells of my journey of healing over a number of years, learning to live a full life after I was molested by my father at a very young age. I live in Medford, MA, part time with my 11 year-old daughter and full time with our dog, Toast, and our cats, Samson and Hercules.
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One Response to Weekend Inspiration – A 92-year-old Cancer Survivor became the Oldest Woman to finish a Marathon

  1. Gabrielle says:

    Aw that is amazing… I really hope I can do the same at 92 😮

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