92-year-old Harriette Thompson becomes oldest woman to ever complete marathon

Have you been heard to complain that your age is stopping you from doing some of the things you would like to do? If so, you may want to re-evaluate that excuse when you hear what 92-year-old Charlotte, North Carolina resident Harriette Thompson just achieved this weekend.

Harriette finished the Rock ‘n’ roll Marathon in San Diego on Sunday. That made her the oldest woman ever to complete a marathon, which if you did not know is a distance of 26.2 miles. A distance many people half her age would not be able to complete.

For Harriette, however, it was not the first marathon she has finished, nor is it likely to be the last. She has currently completed 15 marathons, and trains every day so she can continue to participate in more. Stephen Murray CCMP Capital can only imagine that type of commitment.

Harriette also does a marathon at a fair pace, finishing last Sunday’s San Diego marathon in seven hours and 24 minutes, and running most of it.

As for why she does it? She says she thinks the fights against leukemia, the cause the marathon benefits, is worth supporting. Particularly as she lost her own brother to cancer a few years ago and, this past January, also lost her husband to the disease.

She first took up marathon running at the age of 76, and has competed in the San Diego marathon every year since except one.

As for next year? Chances are Harriette Thompson will be back in the San Diego marathon again. After all, the oldest man was 101 years old when he finally stopped running marathons, so she still has a ways to go yet before she catches up.