91-year-old marathon runner sets record

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SAN DIEGO, CA (June 2, 2014) – A 91-year-old marathon runner ran her way into the record books Sunday when she completed the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.

It took Harriette Thompson seven hours, seven minutes and 42 seconds to run the 26.2 mile course.

The North Carolina resident set a record for the fastest time for a woman over 90 beating the previous record by over an hour and a half.

Thompson is a former concert pianist who played at Carnegie Hall three times.

One way she dealt with drudgery of the marathon: not by listening to the bands spread across the course but by mentally playing old piano pieces she had performed in the past.

She  is also a cancer survivor, and she ran to benefit the leukemia and lymphoma society.

This was Thompson’s 15th marathon in 16 years.