Boston Marathon

Katherine Beiers is 85 years old. She finished the 2018 Boston Marathon.

The wind, cold, and rain couldn’t stop the former mayor from becoming the oldest woman to ever complete the 26.2-mile race.

Katherine Beiers, 85, climbs Heartbreak Hill at 5:04 p.m., during the 2018 Boston Marathon. Craig F. Walker / The Boston Globe

Katherine Beiers met Caitlyn Callinan at the marathon expo on Sunday. Callinan celebrated her 18th birthday on Monday, making her the youngest runner in this year’s race.

When Katherine Beiers crossed the finish line of the 2018 Boston Marathon on Monday she set a new record.

The 85-year-old from Santa Cruz, California, became the oldest woman to ever complete the 26.2-mile race from Hopkinton to Boston.

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The 2018 Boston Marathon was Beiers’ 14th time running the race, and she finished with an unofficial time of 7 hours and 50 minutes, according to KPIX.

Her son, who ran the race with her, told the news station that his mother had her traditional post-race beverage at the end of the day.


“A beer is my recovery drink,” Beiers previously told the station.

In 2017, Beiers, who started running at age 49, won her division in the marathon at the age of 84, CBS Boston reported before this year’s race.

After battling sideways rain and wind during the 2015 Boston Marathon, the former mayor of Santa Cruz and grandmother told Runner’s World that she often gets asked what her secret is for her running longevity.

“Just keep running,” Beiers said at the time.

Katherine Beiers, 85, runs through Newton during the 2018 Boston Marathon.



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