Age is Only a Number; Amazing Accomplishments by 70, 80 and 90 Year Olds

man climbing on the rocksOld age is often considered a time of decline, but older adults around the world are filling their golden years with amazing accomplishments. Scroll down to watch five inspiring videos that prove life doesn’t end after 50.

1. The Rockin’ Runner

Most people won’t ever run a marathon, but in June 2014, Charlotte, N.C. resident Harriette Thompson completed her 15th—and broke a few records in the process.

At 91 years old, Thompson is the oldest woman ever to compete in the Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon and the second-oldest marathon runner in U.S. history. She finished the race in 7 hours, 7 minutes, and 42 seconds to break the U.S. record for the fastest time in her age group. Thompson, a cancer survivor, has been running since 1999 and ran her first marathon at age 76.

Watch the video to see Thompson cross the finish line for her record-breaking run.

LINK TO YOUTUBE: http://youtu.be/5vlGKyxl22M

2. The Extreme Exerciser

A couch potato he’s not—73-year-old Brooklynite Jacinto Bonilla doesn’t just stay active, he participates in CrossFit, a highly intensive group fitness sport popular in the United States and around the world. Bonilla progressed from bodybuilding and lifting weights on his own at the gym to joining the CrossFit movement about six years ago. In 2008 he participated in the annual CrossFit Games, a global competition aimed at finding the “fittest people on earth.” Four years later, Bonilla placed 17th in the world in the Masters 60+ division as the oldest competitor at that year’s CrossFit Games.

Watch the video to check out Bonilla’s extreme workouts.

3. The Grandma Gymnast

At 88 years old, Germany native Johanna Quaas is the oldest active gymnast in the world. Quaas, born in 1925, started doing gymnastics at an early age and participated in her first competition in 1934. Eighty years later, she’s still competing, and her participation in the Turnier der Meister in Cottbus in 2012 notched her an entry in The Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest gymnast in the world. The grandmother and mother of three has been married to Gerhard Quaas, a gymnastics coach, for more than 50 years.

The video below shows the still-spry Quaas executing some training routines.

4. The Super Senior

Graduating from college is an accomplishment for anyone, but for 95-year-old Kansas native Nola Ochs, it’s a record-breaking achievement. In May 2007, Ochs became the oldest person on record to graduate from college when she received her diploma from Fort Hays State University alongside her granddaughter. She began pursuing a degree at age 65 (when FHSU was still known as Kansas State College) after her husband passed away. Thirty years later, through a combination of online and in-person classes, Ochs reached her goal and crossed the stage to receive her college diploma.

Watch the video to see Ochs’ proud moment at the graduation ceremony.

5. The Seasoned Skydiver

Jumping out of a plane is scary at any age, but in 2011, Fred Mack celebrated his 100th birthday by skydiving for the second time. Mack’s first skydiving experience came at age 95, and he followed it up five years later at Free Fall Adventures in Williamstown, New Jersey when he completed a 13,000-foot tandem jump.

Perhaps the centenarian’s fearlessness came from prior experience: he flew planes in the 1930s and also worked as an engineer, helping to design fighter planes during World War II. Skydiving isn’t his only active hobby—Mack was a competitive skier into his 70s and skied all the way into his 90s.

Watch the video to see Mack’s death-defying jump.

 

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