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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  • semaj
    semajMonday, May 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm
    • icecream
      icecreamWednesday, May 16, 2012 at 10:22 am
      thats so funny :)
      • BILLLSunday, April 29, 2012 at 5:15 pm
        she wouldve died
        • awsomegirlFriday, April 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm
          the oldest living person wuz 121 YRS OLD!
          • awesomegirFriday, April 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm
            thats REALLY OLD! hope she makes it to 102! also, theres this 101 year old in china who grew a HORN! IKR WEIRD!
            • RUBY Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm
              • RUBY Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm
                • EmmaThursday, April 19, 2012 at 6:33 pm
                  thats crazy!hope you make it to 102!
                  • Heyou!!Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 9:28 am
                    Wow! This is crazy. I hope she even sees 102.
                    • PinkypyeSunday, April 15, 2012 at 10:49 am
                      Wow! That's so cool! I have a 90 year old great grandma, and she walks slow. ( or simply doesn't walk at all)




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