92 and breaking records – Harriette Thompson

Harriette Thompson does it again and this time she breaks another record. On Sunday, May 31, 2015 at San Diego’s Rock N Roll Marathon at the age of 92, she became the oldest woman to finish a Marathon. She also set the world record for fastest time by a woman over 90 at 7 hours, 7 minutes and 42 seconds. She is a two-time cancer survivor and has raised over 90,000 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She started running at the age of 76 and missed one race when she was undergoing cancer treatment. Her husband passed away in January from cancer and she is battling a staph infection in her legs. Her determination has made her an inspiration to many.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon

San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon 2013

San Diego was high in spirits and adrenaline on Sunday June 2, 2013 as Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon runners took over the city. The event brought in about 22,000 people from all 50 states and 30 nations according to organizers. The race began for marathoners at 6:15 a.m. and half marathoners at 6:45 a.m. near the historical Balboa Park.

The course included 45 bands from various genres such as Classic Rock, Blues, Salsa, Reggae to Dueling Pianos. Spectators enjoyed energetic sounds as they danced and cheered to encourage runners as they got closer and closer with each step to the finish line. Several runners donned the traditional Elvis costumes and tutus we love. Supporters also enjoyed and applauded for Princess Leia, a bumblebee, troops in uniform and a firefighter in full gear.

And the winners are… Simon Njoroge of Kenya won the marathon in 2:15:00 and Natalia Sergeeva of Russia won the women’s marathon in 2:35:05.

Bernard Koech of Kenya won the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon with a time of 58 minutes, 41 seconds, the fastest time ever run in America and the fastest in the world this year. Edna Kiplagat of Kenya won the women’s half-marathon in 1:08:57.

Proceeds from the race benefited the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s San Diego chapter.