Oldest Woman to Finish a Marathon Dies at 94 - NBC New York

Harriette Thompson, 94, Record-Holding Marathoner Has Died

Harriette Thompson, 94, smiled and laughed as she crossed the finish line at the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon in San Diego in June.

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    94-Year-Old Marathon Runner Sets Record in San Diego

    Harriette Thompson, a two-time cancer survivor, became the oldest woman to run a half-marathon at the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. NBC 7's Ramon Galindo reports.

    (Published Monday, June 5, 2017)

    A nonagenarian who set a world record as the oldest woman to complete a full marathon has died, her family confirmed in a published report.

    Harriette Thompson, 94, smiled and laughed as she crossed the finish line at the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon in San Diego in June.

    With her finish, Thompson became the oldest woman to run a half-marathon.

    "I guess it's unusual, but I don't know why people make such a big deal," Thompson said at the time. "I feel just like I did when I was 16. But I just can’t move as fast."

    In 2015, Thompson broke the world record as the oldest woman to complete a full marathon.

    The Charlotte Observer reported Monday Thompson died in hospice after suffering an injury in a fall on Oct. 6.

    Thompson, a cancer survivor, used her love of running to raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

    Through the years, she raised $100,000 for the organization. She raised $15,000 in 2017 alone.

    In June, when she completed the Rock n' Roll marathon with a time of 3 hours, 42 minutes, Thompson was most pleased that she did it surrounded by members of her family.

    "I enjoyed running across the finish line," Thompson said. "That’s always the biggest thing. And I really enjoyed having my family with me."

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    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)