70-Year-Old Woman completes 100 Mile trail race in California


gunhild-swanson-photo Photo by Erin Strout

Gunhild Swanson of Spokane Valley at 70 became the oldest woman to complete the 100.2 mile (160KM) course in a time of 29 hours, 59 minutes and 54 seconds, just 6 seconds before the 30 hour cut-off at the Western States Endurance Run 2015.

The Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run is the world’s oldest and most prestigious 100-mile trail race in California.

Watch the video as Swanson approaches the finish-line and the announcer starts the count down. The final 100 meters was filled with cheers and encouragement from her support crew, which includes her friends, her son and grandson.

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According to the reports, this was the third time Swanson ran at the Western States Endurance Run and in 2005 she set the 60 to 69 age-group record of 25:40:29.

This is truly inspiring.

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