The oldest woman to ever finish a half marathon crossed the finish line in San Diego Sunday at the “Rock ‘N Roll” event in just under 3 hours, 43 minutes, according to race officials.
Harriette Thompson, 94, finished the half marathon just two years after making history by becoming the oldest woman to run a marathon. She crossed the finish line on Ash Street downtown in 3:42:56.
“I could hear my name being shouted the whole way,” Thompson said. “I suppose I’m a legacy, at least that’s what they say.”
Thousands of spectators lining the street leading up to the finish cheered her on as she approached, according to officials.
“I’m just so happy so many people have donated. It shows there are a lot of people with their heart in the right place, Thompson said. Team In Training is really making a difference.”
Thompson ran on behalf of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training.
The 20th anniversary event started in Balboa Park and finished downtown. It had more than 30,000 participants.
— City News Service