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Published:June 2nd, 2015 09:46 EST

Cancer Survivor Harriette Thompson, 92, Sets Marathon Record: Video

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A 92-year old woman who is a two-time cancer survivor is the oldest woman to ever finish a marathon.

Harriette Thompson of Charlotte, North Carolina, finished the Suja Rock `n` Roll San Diego Marathon yesterday in 7 hours, 7 minutes and 42 seconds, setting the world record for the fastest marathon ever by a woman 90 years or older, according to the race organizers. Despite overcoming health and emotional obstacles such as the loss of her husband in January, Thompson managed to finish her 16th marathon on Sunday to a cheering crowd."



" I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all."

Ecclesiastes 9:11King James Version (KJV)

Harriette Thompson`s record-setting accomplishment vividly illustrates the maxim that we should never give up on our dreams. It`s never too late to start writing the Great American Novel, or go to college or take up a new hobby or passion.

Thompson started running marathons when she was 76-years-old, and she`s still going strong. I used to jog every day, but now I settle for just walking with my dog. Thompson has inspired me, and I may take up jogging again. I`m not going to register for any marathons, but I`ll start by jogging around my neighborhood.

No more excuses, get off your butt, and undertake that project that you`ve been thinking about for years!

Congratulations Harriette, all that running must do you good, you don`t look a day over 92!

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