Oldest Woman To Finish A Marathon Honored

She hadn't run her first marathon until she was 86.

Gladys Burrill is now officially the oldest woman marathoner. Photo: MSNBC

She hadn’t run her first marathon until she was 86.

At the age of 92, Gladys Burrill has been officially named the oldest female marathon finisher. She completed the record at last year’s Honolulu Marathon when she power walked across the line in 9:53. The Guinness World Records confirmed the feat last Saturday.

On Monday, the Hawaii State of Representatives presented her with a ceremonial lei and a certificate.

At the ceremony, she imparted some advice to runners of all sizes and ages.

“Just get out there and walk or run,” she said. “I like walking because you can stop and smell the roses, but it’s a rarity that I stop.”

Burrill has led an adventurous life. She’s been a multi-engine pilot, mountain climber, desert hiker, and horseback rider. She didn’t even run her first marathon until she was 86 years old. Burrill noted that her inspiration to run the marathon came from watching the morning fireworks kicking off the marathon the year before.

“It’s so important to think positive. It’s easy to get discouraged and be negative,” she said. “It makes such a difference in how you feel and your outlook on everything.”

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