94-Year-Old Harriette Thompson Runs Marathon and Makes History, Again

posted: 06/06/17
by: Kristine Boyd

On June 4, 2017, Harriette Thompson made history and became the oldest women to run a half marathon. Thompson smiled her way to the finish line of the Synchrony Financial Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Half Marathon. She was accompanied by her son, Benny, as well as thousands of spectators cheering her on. She was greeted at the finish line with confetti and an abundance of praise.

Thompson set her first world record when she became the oldest women to finish a full marathon in 2015. Thompson told Women's Running Magazine, "It's amazing that people are making such a big deal out of this. At age 94, I guess they don't expect you to do much."

Thompson's journey to the race was not an easy one. According to Competitor.com, Thompson underwent an immune therapy treatment and an intense skin graft surgery in 2016. However, there were no excuses for this 94-year-old super woman. She made a full recovery and started training for the 13.1-mile race with one specific goal in mind.

Thompson is not out to break world records. Thompson's motivation for running is to raise money for cancer research. By running in races, Thompson has raised over $100,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society and has raised over $17,000 in 2017 according to Competitor.com. She has run the San Diego race 16 times for the organization according to Runner's World. Having survived cancer twice, she told Women's Runners Magazine that she was thrilled to help the Leukemia and Lymphoma society.

Thompson is truly an inspiration for runners everywhere. "So many young people say "I'm running just because of you," Thompson told Competitor.com.