92-Year-Old Marathoner Is Way More Awesome Than You


Here’s some inspiring news to make you feel lazy. A 92-year-old woman named Gladys Burrill, who has the rather bad-ass but adorable nickname “the Gladyator,” has become the oldest person in the world to complete a marathon, beating the previous 90-year-old world record holder (boo-yah!). She did the Honolulu Marathon in nine hours and 53 minutes, power-walking and jogging her way to the finish. The Hawaii House of Representatives gave her a certificate and a lei for her troubles.

If you’re something of a late-bloomer, not to worry: The Gladyator, who was a “multi-engine aircraft pilot, mountain climber, desert hiker and horseback rider” before she ran her first marathon at the age of 86, has since done 4 more. There’s still time!

Her key to success is thinking positive.

Gladyator’ aged 92 breaks marathon record [Telegraph]

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 6, 2011

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