In a time of 31 hours and 20 minutes, Zoe Koplowitz completed the New York City Marathon yesterday (the day after she started) in last place–and she couldn’t be happier.
“It doesn’t matter how long it takes me to finish, it’s that I finish and I finish from the heart,” she said at the end.
For the 23rd time, Zoe crossed the Central Park finish line on crutches. The 63-year-old author and motivational speaker, who set a world record for the longest marathon finish time in the history of women’s running, has been living with multiple sclerosis since she was 25 and has completed every NYC Marathon since 1987–in last place. In fact, this is a woman who changed my life before I even knew who she was.