Woman, 101, paraglides into world record books
SALT LAKE CITY | A 101-year-old Utah woman soared into the record books Tuesday with a tandem paraglide ride last year to usher in her birthday.
Great-great grandmother Mary Hardison of Ogden was officially recognized as the “Oldest Female to Paraglide Tandem” by Guinness World Records. She has supplanted a 100-year-old woman from Cyprus who took her flight in 2007.
Mrs. Hardison flew with an instructor on Sept. 1 while four generations of her family watched and cheered. The flight went smoothly and even included a few tricks that Mrs. Hardison encouraged.
In a questionnaire submitted to Guinness, Mrs. Hardison said she wanted to paraglide because her 75year-old son began doing it as a hobby. “I didn’t want him to do something that I couldn’t do,” Mrs. Hardison said.
Fear never entered the equation for Mrs. Hardison, who took all of the adult rides at Disneyland to celebrate her 90th birthday.
Mrs. Hardison told Guinness that there was no reason for her to be nervous about paragliding because many other people have done it without any problems.
“If it’s safe for them, then it’s safe for me,” she said.
Her actions have inspired others.