Great Great Grandmother Celebrates 101st Birthday Paragliding

By Isabelle Berkopec on March 25, 2012

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Most people don't live to see 100. Those that do can barely walk, let alone handle any strenuous activities. A few however, seem to be like the Energizer bunny - They keep going and going! First there was 100-year old marathon runner Fauja Singh and now, this 101-year old great great grandmother who seems to thrive on thrills.

Utahresident Mary Hardison believes that people should always be cheerful and more importantly, take on all kinds of adventures while they physically still can. So, instead of celebrating her 101st birthday with a lame party, she decided to go Paragliding - An idea she got from her 75-year old son who recently took it up as a hobby.

So on September 1st, 2011, cheered on by four generations of her family, the daredevil strapped on in tandem with expert instructor Kevin Hintze, and leaped down fearlessly from the skies near her home in Ogden, Utah. And, it was not just a lame jump either. According to Kevin, the grandmother encouraged him to loop and spin around, as they made their way down.

This is not the first time that Mary has done something 'wild' and 'crazy'. For her 90th birthday she rode all the adult rides at Disneyland. And, she is not done yet - For her 102nd birthday she hopes to go down the 3,000 foot Alpine Slide at Utah's Park City Mountain Resort!

Not surprisingly, this feat has resulted in a lot of fame for Mary and also earned her a spot in the Guinness World Records where she replaced a 2007 record set by a 100-year old British woman. Pretty amazing!


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  • wowsaTuesday, March 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm
    thats one epic grandma- totally epic!
    • hustler1078431Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 12:25 pm
      thats prety cool 4 a old lady
      • CandyThursday, February 21, 2013 at 7:43 am
        Sounds like a fun grandma!
        • ClaireSaturday, February 16, 2013 at 5:30 am
          • HappySunday, February 3, 2013 at 5:54 pm
            That might be my great grandma to. No JOKE!!!
            • shayaneFriday, January 4, 2013 at 11:53 am
              happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
              • LalapopSaturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm
                whats her secret?
                • imdabomb
                  imdabombSaturday, December 1, 2012 at 11:13 am
                  I would want my grandma to be like that :)
                  • tweeterTuesday, October 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm
                    awesome cool
                    • bobTuesday, October 23, 2012 at 6:49 am
                      i want to do that but i dont think she should
                      • dmathai
                        dmathaiMonday, March 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm
                        she wanted to so she was taking her own risks




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