The Guiness Book of World Records has confirmed Gladys Burrill as the oldest person to ever run a marathon. The 92-year old grandma competed in the Honolulu Marathon and finished in just under 10 hours by power walking and jogging. The Hawaii House of Representatives congratulated Burrill with a certificate and a lei.
The record was previously held by a 90-year old man. Burrill is nicknamed the “Gladyator” and rightfully so… this is her fourth marathon since she ran her first race when she was 86.
After finishing the marathon, Burrill said the secret to living a long life is, “Just get out there and walk or run. I like walking because you can stop and smell the roses, but it’s a rarity that I stop.”