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Have you ever run a marathon?

Here is a 92 years young woman who is an inspiration ...

HONOLULU -- Gladys Burrill wasn't thinking about breaking a world record when she power-walked and jogged through the Honolulu Marathon at age 92.

But Burrill, a part-time Hawaii resident nicknamed the "Gladyator," learned soon after finishing the Dec. 12 race with a time of nine hours and 53 minutes that she likely qualified for the recognition.

Guinness World Records confirmed Burrill's accomplishment Saturday, and the Hawaii House of Representatives honored her with a certificate and lei during a ceremony Monday.

Her advice for others wanting to live a long and healthy lifestyle?

"Just get out there and walk or run," she said Monday. "I like walking because you can stop and smell the roses, but it's a rarity that I stop."

Burrill had been a multi-engine aircraft pilot, mountain climber, desert hiker and horseback rider before she ran her first marathon in 2004 at the age of 86.


Asked by tasches at 12:27 PM on Apr. 6, 2011 in Diet & Fitness

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  • I see those inspirations regularly! although I am a fitness buff, those have never interested me...

    Answer by older at 12:29 PM on Apr. 6, 2011

  • Pretty cool! I want to run one someday. I'm planning on my first half this August.

    Answer by musicpisces at 12:31 PM on Apr. 6, 2011

  • That's pretty amazing! I've run 2 marathons but prefer to do half marathons.

    Answer by Syphon at 1:54 PM on Apr. 6, 2011

  • I'm less than 4 weeks out from my 1st full! When things get hard on these long runs, I always think of these people and it's her I want to be when I grow up!

    Answer by Mom_2_cuties at 2:03 PM on Apr. 6, 2011

  • I did with a best friend back in High school. It was fun!

    Answer by MexTexmom2 at 5:38 PM on Apr. 6, 2011