“I’ll be at the back of the pack, but I don’t mind.” Joy Johnson, 86, ran 3 marathons a year, always with a bow in her hair. She started running at the age of 59, and by her mid-80s she had completed the NYC Marathon 25 consecutive times. She stuck to a daily routine of 4am workouts, which she loved. She completed her final marathon in November 2013, peacefully passing away in her sleep the next day.

Joy Johnson, a Marathoner to the End

“I’ll be at the back of the pack, but I don’t mind.” Joy Johnson, 86, ran 3 marathons a year, always with a bow in her hair. She started running at the age of 59, and by her mid-80s she had completed the NYC Marathon 25 consecutive times. She stuck to a daily routine of 4am workouts, which she loved. She completed her final marathon in November 2013, peacefully passing away in her sleep the next day.

Marie Kelleher. Ninety-nine years old and fit, and setting national (U.S.) records in swimming. ‎"With these swims she becomes the first female USMS [United States Masters Swimming] member to compete in the 100-104 age group." (USMS rules counts the swimmer's age as of December 31 for competitions held in 25-meter courses.)

Marie Kelleher. Ninety-nine years old and fit, and setting national (U.S.) records in swimming. ‎"With these swims she becomes the first female USMS [United States Masters Swimming] member to compete in the 100-104 age group." (USMS rules counts the swimmer's age as of December 31 for competitions held in 25-meter courses.)

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