30 May '14, 2pm

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When Harriette Thompson is not at church playing the piano, the 91-year-old cancer survivor is out running loops around the small lake in back of her retirement community in Charlotte, North Carolina. Why is Thompson training? She’s running Sunday’s Rock ’n’ Roll San Diego Marathon . Thompson has run almost every edition of the race. The exceptions were the inaugural year, 1998, and 2013, when she had to miss the race due to surgery for an oral cancer that took her upper jawbone and all but one of her upper teeth. The last time she ran San Diego, 2012, she finished in 6:50:03. Thompson has also just finished another round of radiation to treat squamous cell carcinoma on her legs. “It’s so painful,” she told the Charlotte Observer . “I just wish I hadn’t had the radiation till after the marathon.” According to the Observer , Thompson decided to run a marathon at the age of ...

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