A week after celebrating her 100th birthday, this woman runs 5 km in 1 hour and 31 seconds

A year ago, a 99-year-old woman took part in a 5K race for the first time, finishing it in an hour. A year later, the now centenarian woman ran 5 km again in 1 hour and 31 seconds.

In Connecticut last year, a woman like no other participated in a local 5K race. The runner was Marion Mic Roberts, a 99-year-old woman. Accompanied by her pearl necklace, the old lady finished the race in 56 minutes.

A year later and a week after celebrating her 100th birthday, Marion decided to participate in the race again. This time, she completed the 5 km in 1 hour and 31 seconds. Before her 99th birthday, the centenarian had never participated in such a marathon, which proves that it is never too late to start a new activity.

If Marion had the idea of participating in the race, it was above all thanks to her family. For several years, the grandmother would cheer on her grandchildren who were participating in the Connecticut race. On a whim, her son Chuck then asked her to participate, which she accepted.

For her second race, the centenarian wore a blouse and pants and was accompanied by her son Chuck and daughter-in-law Donna.

“She’s 40 years older than me and she’s not slowing down. She sets the tone, and we follow her,” her daughter-in-law said.

To keep herself busy and motivated while running, Marion listened to Frank Sinatra. Thanks to her excellent run, the centenarian was elected winner among the runners over 80 years old. She received a round of applause when she crossed the finish line, received a medal from race organizers, and many runners asked her for a photo. All this excitement surprised Marion, who was not expecting such enthusiasm.

In her life, Marion has always been active. When she was younger, she taught dance lessons and loved skiing. She also played golf extensively, until she was forced to stop at the age of 80 due to a shoulder injury.

“She takes only one medicine a day. She’s in perfect health, that’s her attitude. She overcame a lot of obstacles and kept going,” her daughter-in-law said.

Despite the health difficulties that Marion may have encountered, she always wanted to return to physical activity and to fight. Two years ago, the old lady broke her pelvis and contracted Covid-19.

Today, she is used to walking more than 3 km a day, is a fan of pétanque and loves playing bridge very late in her retirement home.

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