Great-great grandmother, 101, breaks paragliding record

Published: March 21, 2012

Hardison, of Ogden, Utah, decided to go paragliding after her 75-year-old son Allen took up the sport.

SALT LAKE CITY: A great-great grandmother in America was declared the oldest woman to paraglide tandem on Tuesday after taking to the air to celebrate her 101st birthday.

In confirming the feat, Guinness World Records said Mary Allen Hardison’s historic flight near Salt Lake City on September 1 last year was “pushing record breaking to new heights.”

Hardison, of Ogden, Utah, said she decided to go paragliding after her 75-year-old son Allen took up the sport.

“Just because you are old doesn’t mean you have to sit on your duff all day,” Hardison told Reuters.

Hardison’s flight was cheered on by her great-grandchildren, who have witnessed other such birthday adventures: On her 90th birthday, Hardison rode all the adult rides at Disneyland, and for her next she plans test out a mountain slide in Utah.

She invited other centenarians to break her new record.

“I heard of one fellow that hadn’t walked for quite a while and he decided when he heard about me he would walk again. So he got up and started walking again,” she said.

“He said if she can do that, I can do this. If I can inspire some of the older people to get up and do something it’s well worth it.”

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Reader Comments (4)

  • MorningGlory
    Mar 21, 2012 - 12:58PM

    Impressive! Great achievement and inspiration for others, especially those who lose heart and retire very early in their lives!


  • maz3tt
    Mar 21, 2012 - 9:39PM

    Age should not be the barrier to achieve. It is thinking in Pakistan after 50 and 60 the live is gone. they should keep going trying different thing , altogether have a new career after retirement . it is all about big heart and attitude.


  • Impressed
    Mar 22, 2012 - 12:21PM

    Very impressive!!


  • AIN
    Mar 22, 2012 - 12:56PM

    Before 100 yrs the diet and air was so reflects here……  on serious node,the family and granny is worth to be praised for it.


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