This 92-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Just Made Marathon History

This 92-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Just Made Marathon History

When you need motivation to convince yourself to go for a run, just think of Harriette Thompson. Harriette, who is 92 years old, became the oldest woman to run 26.2 miles after competing in Harriette had broken 92-year-old Gladys Burrill’s 2010 Honolulu Marathon record by finishing the Rock ‘n’ Roll race in 7 hours, 7 minutes, and 42 seconds. The secret to Harriette getting through a long race? The spirited woman revealed that she mentally plays old piano pieces in her head as she’s running.

While everyone was cheering for her on the sidelines, she also received support from her son Brenny who snapped photos and videos to document his mother’s inspiring journey. Harriette said Sunday’s race was going to be her last, but she also shared, “My friends remind me that I say that every year.”” Read on to see photos of Harriette crossing the finish line with determination and a giant smile.