This 92-Year-Old Woman Just Became the Oldest Person to Finish a Marathon

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Photo: Getty Images Harriette Thompson at the 2014 San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. Photo: Getty Images.

Harriette Thompson, 92, ran and finished the San Diego Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon on Sunday, becoming the oldest person to complete the challenging 26.2-mile distance. Her time: 7:24:36.

Last year, Thompson actually ran the race in 7:07:42, capturing the record for fastest time run by a woman 90 or older.

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As someone who has run her fair share of marathons, and who is 50-plus years younger than Thompson, I marvel at anyone who takes on this distance, but especially Thompson, who has completed 16 (!) of them so far. What’s more, the Charlotte, North Carolina resident didn’t even begin pounding the pavement until age 76.

Still, the two-time cancer survivor, who lost her husband of 67 years in January to the disease, remains modest about…

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