Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Harriette Thompson, oldest woman to finish marathon, dies at 94

Harriette Thompson, Brenny Thompson



Harriette Thompson, the oldest woman to finish a marathon, died at age 94 early on Monday morning.

Son Brenneman Thompson confirmed that she had been placed into hospice care after being injured in a fall Oct. 6 while delivering gifts to neighbors at a Charlotte retirement community.

“Her last words were, ‘Everything’s fine,’” Brenneman Thompson said Monday. “She’s had a great life. She lived it to the fullest.”

In 2015, Thompson, a cancer survivor, became the oldest woman to finish a marathon, clocking 7 hours, 24 minutes, 36 seconds at the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon.

In June, Thompson became the oldest woman to finish a half marathon, also in San Diego.

Thompson, who battled jaw and skin cancer, didn’t take up marathon running until age 76 and completed 16 full San Diego Marathons between 1999 and 2015.

Thompson raised more than $100,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in her road-race career.