A grandma from Ohio has reached her goal of breaking the world record for the half marathon in her age group. Jeannie Rice, 71, just finished the Akron Half Marathon in one hour 37 minutes and seven seconds. It took her multiple tries to beat the previous record, but she finally had the fastest time for the 13.1-miles in this latest race, even though her record is still pending ratification.
Rice now owns the age group world records in both the half marathon and marathon distances. She smashed the 70-plus women’s world record in the marathon at the Chicago Marathon in October 2018, beating the old record by close to eight minutes.
The realtor from Ohio only started running when she was 35, with a goal of losing weight. Rice says she taped the previous world time to her fridge and stared at it for motivation before her race in Akron, and now that she beat that, she can tape her own record up and try to beat that.
“I wasn’t confident that I’d do it,” Rice admits, “but I thought ‘I’ll just do my best.’ That’s all I can do.”
Source: Runner’s World