94 year-old woman sets half-marathon world record

Tuesday 06 June 2017 3 months ago 105   New York   Print

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Report  Web desk : SAN DIEGO: A 94-year-old woman has set a new world record by finishing a half-marathon in the United States. Harriette Thompson made history as the oldest woman ever to finish a half marathon. She crossed the finish line of the Synchrony Financial Rock n Roll San Diego Half Marathon all smiles and waves.In 2015, Thompson set the still-standing marathon world record, becoming the oldest woman to finish a 26.2-mile race at age 92. Over the past two years, Thompson battled squamous cell carcinoma, a condition which prevented her from returning to the race in 2016. After immune therapy treatment and difficult skin graft surgery, Thompson recovered and eventually returned to running. She was not able to get her mileage up in time to train for a full marathon, so decided to tackle the 13.1-mile distance a feat that many people one-third of her age have difficulty achieving. Through running, the two-time cancer survivor has raised over $100,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society and raised over $17,000 this year alone, the Women’s Running magazine reported. (01)