101-year-old grandmother sets paragliding record

By | March 28, 2012

Mary Allen Hardison, a 101-year-old grandmother from Ogden, Utah, has officially been recognized as the “Oldest Female to Paraglide Tandem” — an achievement described Tuesday by Guinness World Records as a “celebration of the official start of spring and life rejuvenated.”

Hardison took up paragliding “on a whim,” as she did not want to be outdone by her 75-year-old son, Allen, who had recently pursued the sport as a hobby. “I didn’t want him to do something that I couldn’t do,” Hardison said. She chose to have her record-breaking accomplishment be part of her 101st birthday celebration, which was last September.

The trip was a tandem one, with paragliding instructor Kevin Hintze guiding the journey. …

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