You’ve heard the phrase, “It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon”? It means you need to pace yourself if you want to go the distance. Runner Gunhild Swanson took that message to heart in the recent Western States Endurance Run. This 100 mile ultramarathon gives runners 30 hours to finish a grueling course through California. Swanson finished the race with six seconds left on the clock, becoming the oldest woman to ever finish the race. Oh yeah, Gunhild Swanson is 70-years-old.
Watch the reaction from the crowd as Swanson closes in on the finish line. With a time of 29 hours, 59 minutes, and 54 seconds, she barely makes it across the line in time. But the roar of the crowd probably makes her feel like a gold medalist.
“I must have had the biggest smile on my face, I swear,” Swanson told iRunFar. “It was just so exciting. Everyone was shouting. The sheer noise of having everyone in the whole stadium shouting for me, it was just overwhelming.”
And she wasn’t exactly cruising during that final stretch either, as this tweet from the event shows.