Harriette Thompson becomes oldest woman to finish a half-marathon

Harriette Thompson becomes oldest woman to finish a half-marathon

Harriette Thompson becomes oldest woman to finish a half-marathon

Ninety four-year-old Harriette Thompson smiled and laughed as she crossed the finish line at the Rock "N" Roll Marathon in San Diego Sunday, becoming the oldest woman to run a half-marathon.

"This year I really couldn't train too much because I had an operation in July for my leg", the grandmother from Charlotte, who has survived squamous cell carcinoma and oral cancer, said in an email.

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"I never thought I would still be here!" exclaimed Thompson Friday. "I feel just like I did when I was 16". 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. "I am so happy that I was able to do it". Both times, she broke records previously held by Gladys Burrill. "That makes it hard to talk" - a necessity after she lost her upper jaw to oral cancer four years ago.

She had said before the race that she planned to walk the entire distance because she has been sporadically experiencing vertigo. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, more than 21,000 runners participated across all events.

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"I don't want to fall, so I'm just walking".

San Diego Police began the pursuit after the man drove through the posts on Sea World Drive at around 8 a.m. With her son, Benny, by her side, and streams of confetti raining down around her, we have to wonder: Is there anything this 94-year-old can't do?

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The driver attempted to run up a hillside, but was arrested by officers and hospitalized with minor injuries, CHP offciers said.

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