“I could hear my name being shouted the whole way, I suppose I’m a legacy, at least that’s what they say.” 94-year old Harriette Thompson after completing the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon 2017

Harriette Thompson is making headlines again by completing this year’s San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon on June 4 in 3:42:56. This makes her the oldest woman to set this record at the age of 94-years. As you may have guessed though, the event is not just a one-off for Thompson. In fact this is something she has been doing for the past 16 years and raising money along the way, as Runners World reports. In all, she has raised more than $115,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society till date.

Since 1999, when she started running the San Diego marathon, Thompson has missed just one race in 2013 when she was battling cancer. “A friend of mine was going to walk it, so I thought, ‘Well I can do that,’ and I got into it,” she was quoted as saying by the publication.

Harriette Thompson is a cancer survivor herself and has managed to raise over $150,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society

Many of Thompson’s family and friends have died of cancer, including her husband Sydnor, who passed away in January at the age of 90. She herself has been battling cancer. “That makes it personal, something that I really feel is important.”

Thompson often runs on weekends, and has several workout options at her retirement community. As someone ‘who always loved to move fast’, Thompson was always a sports enthusiast and knows that heady feeling that you get after a long run. “I think if I can do it, anybody can do it, because I wasn’t trained to be a runner. But I have also found that it’s very invigorating. I feel like a million dollars when I’m finished.”

Another record that Thompson still holds is that she became the oldest woman to complete a full marathon at the age of 92-years back in 2015.


Image courtesy:  San Diego Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon on Twitter

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