World record marathon runner passes away at age 100
The Honolulu Marathon's only world record holder has died at the age of 100.
Gladys Burrill ran the Honolulu Marathon at 92-years-old, becoming the oldest woman ever to complete the 26.2 mile race. She died in Oregon last night, just two weeks shy of her 101st birthday.
Burrill ran her first Honolulu Marathon in 2004 at the tender age of 86. She went on to compete in five more marathons.
"Gladys or Glady Burrill -- her nickname the 'Gladyator' was so appropriate cause she was so relentless in her running, her running her training and really her positive approach to life," said Dr. Jim Barahal, Honolulu Marathon President. "I was at her 100th birthday party last year and she was in good health. She was so optimistic, so upbeat, she was a woman of great faith, and she just meant so much to the marathon."
Services for Gladys are scheduled in both Oregon and Hawaii -- details will be released at a later date.
President of the Honolulu Marathon Jim Barahal says Gladys will be honored before this year's race.