Marion Irvine

Marion Irvine

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Sister Marion Irvine
Event marathon
Born 1929

Sister Marion Irvine (1929-) is a Roman Catholic nun who was in her late 40s and took up running to relieve stress from her school principal job. She was soon running 70 miles a week.

In 1981 at the age of 51, Sister Marion won the veteran female division of the Boston Marathon in 3:11:00.[1]

In 1983, at the California International Marathon in Sacramento, Sister Marion completed the race in 2 hours 51 minutes 1 second, breaking the women's over-50 marathon record by more than 8 minutes and qualifying Sister Marion for the 1984 Olympic trials.This made Sister Marion the oldest person ever to qualify for the Olympic Trials.[2] She continues to set age group records twenty years later.

In 1990, Irvine, on her 60th birthday, established a masters 60-64 age-group women's world record in the 5,000-meter run with a 19:15 to break the old mark, held by Australia's Shirley Brasher, by more than a minute.[3]

In 1992, Sister Marion was the USATF Master Runner of the Year for 60-64.[4] In 1994, Sister Marion was inducted into the RRCA Hall of Fame. In 1998, she was inducted into the USATF Masters Hall of Fame.[5]


  1. Retrieved 2009-03-12.
  2. "The running nun", New York Times, December 9, 1983. Retrieved on 2009-03-12.
  3. Retrieved 2009-02-12.
  4. Retrieved 2009-03-12.
  5. Retrieved 2009-03-12.