Woman, 91, Makes Marathon History

Her name is Harriette Thompson. But you can call her Wonder Woman. Thompson, 91, of Charlotte, N.C., made history June 1 when she crossed the finish line of the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon. She ran the fastest marathon ever by a woman 90 or older (7 hours, 7 minutes and 42 seconds) and became the second-oldest marathon finisher in U.S. history. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Impressive, huh? But Thompson says she wasn’t even in her …

Are You Thinking About Running A Marathon? Do It!

In 2011, the year I was turning 55, I decided to do something that would be meaningful to me, and hoped would be inspirational to others. I ran in the New York City Marathon. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Apparently, the urge to tackle 26.2 grueling miles is becoming increasingly common for a lot of us who are over 50.  According to a Wall Street Journal article: As the total number of runners finishing marathons in the …

Oldest Woman in NYC Marathon Finishes Race, Dies the Next Day

At 86, distance runner Joy Johnson was a remarkable athlete. A retired gym teacher from the San Jose area who took up jogging at age 56, Johnson competed in scores of races around the country and amassed a string of 25 consecutive finishes in the New York City Marathon – one of the most legendary streaks in the history of recreational running. Two years ago, at 84, she became the oldest finisher ever in that event, clocking a time of …