With a time of 7 hours, 24 minutes, 36 seconds, 92-year-old Harriette Thompson crossed the finish line of the Suja Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon on Sunday and became the oldest woman to ever complete the 26.2-mile race. Thompson, who reportedly began running marathons in her 70s, overcame some challenges that made training for the race difficult. Her husband died in January after a long illness and then she suffered a staph infection in one of her legs. But Thompson, who also happens to be a classically trained pianist who’s played at Carnegie Hall in New York City on three occasions, persevered and overcame. And as she and her son approached the finish line Sunday in San Diego, she was surrounded by jubilant well-wishers who heaped their congratulations upon her. Thompson is also a cancer survivor who runs to raise money for cancer research. After her record-setting run, she said, “I don’t think I’d be living today if I didn’t do this running. I’m helping them and they’re kind of helping me.”
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