91 Years Young and Running Marathons

sports-shoes-115150_640If you haven’t heard this story yet, you’ll want to be inspired by it. 92 year hold Harriette Thompson recently finished the Suja’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego.

As she crossed the finish line in 7 hours, 24 minutes and 36 seconds, she set a world record as the fastest marathon ever run by a woman over 90. This washer 15th marathon, all of which have been part of the Rock ‘n’ Roll running brand.

In her younger years, Thompson was a concert pianist who performed at Carnegie Hall three times. She actually didn’t run her first marathon until she was 76. And she has survived cancer twice. She runs to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and she has managed to raise over $90,000.

As Thompson said, “I hit up all the people in my retirement home. Every year I write them a (thank you) note and say ‘I think this is my last year.’ Then I do another one.”
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When asked what her secret to living such a long and successful life, Thompson responded:

“I guess the secret is just keep going and pleasant thoughts.”


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