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Paragliding 101: Utah Centenarian soars into Guinness record book (video)

Mar 21, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

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When Mary Hardison’s 75-year-old son took up paragliding, she decided she’d try it too, so that “he wouldn’t leave me too far behind.” She was 100 years old then. Now, the 101-year-old great-great-grandmother from Ogden, Utah, has been officially recognized as the oldest female to paraglide tandem by Guinness World Records, according to MSNBC. Atlanta Journal Constitution:

“To me, I was just going on a little ride,” she said. “I had no idea I’d break a record.”

Hardison said her active lifestyle has already inspired others her age to pursue similar adventures.

“Some people have said, ‘Well, if you can do that at your age then there’s no need for me to just sit around,’” she said. “My desire is for the elderly to keep on going. Do things as long as you are physically able. Be positive. Friends don’t like a grumpy person.”