101 Year-old Great-Great Grandmother Is the Oldest to Paraglide Tandem

Mary Ellen Hardison

Record-breaking great-great grandmother hopes to inspire other seniors to take on tasks they didn’t think they could do.

Reuters) – 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…Reuters

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Sara Noble

Sara Noble

Sara Noble, B.A. English Literature, St. John's University; M.S. Education, M.A. Administration, Hofstra University. World traveler. Worked with children as a teacher and school administrator for three decades. Published in educational journals, children's mystery magazines, and was an editor at This Week Magazine. I am devoted to an America that promotes free enterprise and ingenuity, values the Constitution as intended, and does not encourage a nanny state under the casuistic banner of "the common good". 

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