On 26th August 2012 at Penticton, British Columbia, Canada Sister Madonna Buder became the oldest person ever to complete an Ironman triathlon, at the age of 82,
On 26th August 2012 at Penticton, British Columbia, Canada Sister Madonna Buder became the oldest person ever to complete an Ironman triathlon, at the age of 82, completing the Subaru Ironman Canada in a time of 16 hours 32 minutes. In doing this she beat her own record for the oldest female athlete to complete an Ironman triathlon, which she had held since the age of 79, a record was also set at Ironman Canada. Prior to that she had held the record for the oldest female athlete to complete Ironman Hawaii, which she completed in 2005 at the age of 75. The previous record for the oldest athlete to complete a triathlon - 81 years old - had been held by Lew Hollander, another athlete we'll have to find out about.
Sister Madonna was born in St Louis, Missouri in 1930, became a nun at the age of 23, and then joined a non-canonical order Sisters for Christian Community at the age of 40. It was at this community that she was advised by a priest that running, and training for running, could benefit her in "mind, body and spirit" and bring her "relaxation and calmness". This was at the age of 48, she ran her first marathon several years later, entered her first triathlon at 52 and first Ironman at 55. She has completed over 320 triathlons of which 45 were Ironman. Unsurprisingly, she is known as the Iron Nun!
She is due to compete again in the Ironman World Championship in Kona Hawaii in October.
This video/interview was made in 2007
Read more about her here