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She’s 92 And Still Running Strong

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 17, 2010
  • Updated Dec. 17, 2010 at 9:34 AM UTC

The nonagenarian marathoner was logging up to 50 miles a week of training.

According to race officials from last weekend’s Honolulu Marathon, there’s a distinct possibility a world record was broken there. No it wasn’t involving Kenyans or Ethiopians. In this case it involved a 92-year-old woman, Gladys “Glady” Burrill, who finished the Honolulu Marathon. She may be the oldest person to ever complete the 26.2-mile race. In the Guinness Book Of World Records, the previous oldest finisher was Jenny Wood-Allen, 90, who completed the 2002 London Marathon in 11 hours.

Burrill completed hers in under 10 hours (9:53:16). According to a news article on the KITV.com Web site, Burrill began running marathons when she was 86 years old. She has finished five Honolulu marathons, but was unable to finish the last two.

She is from Prospect, Oregon, but owns a condominium in Waikiki.

In order to prepare for this year’s race, she put in 30-50 miles a week of training with her running partner, George McCarthy.

Honolulu Marathon race officials are working with the Guinness Book of World records to officially certify the record.

For More: KITV.com

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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