Harriette Thompson

Katie Herzog / WFAE

The oldest woman to ever run a marathon has died. The Charlotte Observer reports that Charlotte resident Harriette Thompson, a three-time cancer survivor and concert pianist, passed away Monday morning at the age of 94.

Thompson was in hospice care after an injury earlier this month.

At 91, Cancer Survivor Finishes Her 15th Marathon

May 30, 2014
Katie Herzog

Sunday in San Diego, a Charlotte woman named Harriette Thompson ran her 15th marathon in 16 years. A pretty impressive accomplishment in its own right, but it’s downright remarkable when you consider she’s about to turn 92 years old. Thompson finished the 26.2 mile race in just over seven hours---setting a new record for a woman over the age of 90. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen visited Thompson at her Charlotte home before she left for the marathon.