Harriette Thompson, 92, became the oldest woman to finish a 26.2-mile marathon in San Diego, California, on May 31.
Thompson, who has 10 grandchildren, finished the San Diego Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in 7 hours, 24 minutes and 36 seconds, noted the San Diego Union-Tribune (video below).
After Thompson crossed the finish line, confetti cannons were fired, the crowd cheered and she had a medal placed around her neck.
Thompson, 92 years and 3 months old, topped the former record holder Gladys Burrill, who ran the 2010 Honolulu Marathon when she was 92 years and 19 days old.
Thompson told the Charlotte Observer by phone:
"I can’t believe I made it! I was really tired at one point. Around mile 21, I was going up a hill and it was like a mountain and I was thinking, ‘This is sort of crazy at my age.’ But then I felt better coming down the hill. And my son Brenny kept feeding me all these wonderful carbohydrates that kept me going."
Brenny Thompson, 56, ran with his mother during the entire marathon, during which he took pictures and videos of her on his smartphone.
Thompson, a cancer survivor, ran for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Team In Training.
Thompson has run in the marathon 16 of its 18 years, missing only 1998 and 2013.
Organizers of the race flew Thompson to San Diego and featured her in its “Why Running Rocks” campaign.
After the race, she was examined at a medical tent, but was OK.
Thompson told the Charlotte Observer, "I’m a little stiff. I’m not quite as limber as I used to be. I imagine that by morning I’ll be alright, but right now, when I get up and down, I can tell I’ve punished myself for a while."