Great Great Grandmother Celebrates 101st Birthday Paragliding

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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!

Resources: msnbc.msn.com, telegraph.co.uk

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333 Comments
  • bro101Friday, February 2, 2018 at 8:03 am
    wow
    • ipiggi
      ipiggiThursday, July 20, 2017 at 6:49 am
      😳 wow 😳
      • WOWTuesday, April 18, 2017 at 7:57 am
        WOW thats awesome!
        • tiniboxtim
          tiniboxtimFriday, May 8, 2015 at 11:21 am
          thats great 4 her!! OMG! so amazing hope she feels like in a better place now
          • bibliophile
            bibliophileSaturday, December 6, 2014 at 8:17 pm
            Happy Birthday!!!
            • chillypeppers
              chillypeppersMonday, November 24, 2014 at 8:34 am
              Keep up the great work grannie!😉
              • happypug12
                happypug12Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 5:30 am
                I have a great grandma who's 100 years old. : )
                • nikukyu
                  nikukyuFriday, November 14, 2014 at 5:19 pm
                  My great grad a is 96, but she's on a roll! Go grandma!!!
                • doglover547
                  doglover547Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 2:36 pm
                  wow she is a beautiful women and she is lucky
                  • puppystar
                    puppystarThursday, May 8, 2014 at 6:31 pm
                    I wish she was my great great grandmother mine died so did my great grandma
                    • Carter ParsonsMonday, March 31, 2014 at 12:03 pm
                      AMAZING!!