91-year-old breaks record at Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon

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SAN DIEGO – A 91-year-old woman completed the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego marathon and made it into the record books Sunday.

Harriette Thompson, 91, finishes the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego marathon Sunday, June 1, 2014.

Harriette Thompson finished running the 26.2 mile course in 7 hours, 7 minutes, 14 seconds. She became the oldest person to complete the marathon and set a world record for the fastest marathon time for her age group.

Thompson, who lives in North Carolina, was unable to race in the annual marathon last year due to being diagnosed with skin cancer. One year later, she said she’s still receiving treatment for the cancer.

To date, Thompson has raised $90,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

“I think the fact that I have so many friends and family and if I can help at all by raising funds,  then it’s worth it and also its beneficial to me health wise,” Thompson said.

She joked that her secret to looking great is “makeup.” The yoga enthusiast is a mother of five and grandmother of 10.



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