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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Team in Training

Meet Harriette

Harriette Thompson isn’t only a marathoner but also a cancer survivor. What makes Harriette so special isn’t her amazing finish times but her mission to run for a cause and raise funds for a purpose.

At the 2014 Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego, Harriette Thompson awed the crowd with her 7 hour, 7 minute and 42 second finish. It wasn’t the time that was amazing, it was the fact that she is 91 years old and is a cancer survivor.

By finishing her marathon with this time, Harriette set a new world record for the fastest marathon by a woman 90 years or older. Adding to this story is the fact she, unfortunately, has been battling cancer for the second time. She went through numerous rounds of radiation treatment with the last one being 4 weeks prior to this event.

LLS-TNT-CMYKThis was the 15th marathon she finished, and she hadn’t started running marathons until she was 76 years old. Since she is a survivor, she wanted to do something to help others.  She decided to run for a cause and raise funds to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

If you ever think that there isn’t any way you could run a marathon or a half marathon, think of Harriette. She truly is an inspiration. And, it’s never too late to start running!

Help us to continue making great strides by joining the LLS’s Team in Training and running the Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon or Half Marathon. For more information or to register please call Stacy or Janeane at 913-262-1515 or visit

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