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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  • J AssassinMonday, August 6, 2012 at 10:39 am
    Don't people live to at least 100 not 101. But a person to 121
    • lozzie123
      lozzie123Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 3:21 pm
      Oh my god she is 101 and she did that and when she was 90 she rode all the adult rides at disneyland!!!
      • dandelion
        dandelionSaturday, June 16, 2012 at 12:29 am
        101th birthday! kinda cool!
        • iM AWSOME!Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 5:59 pm
          wow.hope i live to 122.Because thats AWSOME!
          • EmmaThursday, May 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm
            Hope Make To 102! !!!!!!!!!
            • EmmaThursday, May 31, 2012 at 2:07 pm
              Lol if March 25 is her birthday then we share B-Days!!
              • 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!

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