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This 92-year-old cancer survivor just became the oldest woman to finish a marathon

Yaaaasss queen!

ALL YOU PEOPLE running the Cork City Marathon and Women’s Mini Marathon today – here’s your inspiration for the next big race.

A 92-year-old cancer survivor became the oldest woman to finish a marathon yesterday, after she finished the San Diego Rock’n'Roll Marathon in seven hours and 24 minutes.

Harriette Thompson Source: AP

Harriette Thompson of North Carolina started running in her 70s after some friends encouraged her to sponsor a marathon to raise money for cancer research.

This was her 16th marathon and, by far, the hardest. Thompson’s husband died in January after a lingering illness, and she also battled an infection in one of her legs.

It’s always harder, but this year has been a bad year for me. I couldn’t train very well because my husband was very ill and I had to be with him for some time and then when he died in January I had some treatments on my leg. I was just really thrilled that I could finish today.

A classically trained pianist who played three times at Carnegie Hall, Thompson says she mentally plays old piano pieces to help her get through the marathon.

Harriette Thompson Source: AP

She said she enjoys raising money for cancer research and figures the competition has helped keep her healthy.

I don’t think I’d be living today if I didn’t do this running. I’m helping them and they’re kind of helping me.

And with flawless pink lipstick throughout. That’s our kind of lady.

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