Harriette Thompson may not be the typical grandmother, but she is an example of how we can age healthily with the right attitude. A cancer survivor, she completed the San Diego Rock n’ Roll marathon for the 15th time, simultaneously making her way to the record books.
At 91 years young, Harriette became the oldest woman to complete the race, which she was able to finish in 7 hours, 7 minutes, and 42 seconds. This gave her the official record for the fastest time for a woman within her age group. Now THAT is a healthy senior.
The lively elderly happily dates her first marathon back to 1999, when a friend of hers was gathering money for the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society. Which goes to show that at age 90 and beyond, people are still capable of achieving things they could never have thought of, let alone help others even in ways that they could enjoy.
A cancer survivor herself, Harriette had undergone a total of 9 radiation treatments in her legs. All that didn’t stop her though, as this healthy senior now holds two records.
“When I get over that finish line, that’s the best part,” she muses.