96 Year-Old Finishes New York Marathon With A Shot Of Whiskey


The last person to cross the finish line in this year’s New York City Marathon was Jonathan Mendes, who completed the course in 11 hours and change. Cynics will point out that Ghirmay Ghebreslassie did it in just 2:07:51 this year. Ghebreslassie, however, is not 96 years old.

According to Runner’s World, Mendes flew 100 missions in World War II, 70 missions in the Korean war and trained both Ted Williams and John Glenn. This was his 16th New York City Marathon.

To stay young, the nonagenarian athlete has a strict daily regimen. At 7:30 every morning he walks two miles around the Central Park Reservoir. And at 4pm every afternoon, he has a scotch. In fact, as he told Runner’s World, “I’ve been saying for years that the key to living this long is a shot of whisky a day and a good woman, in that order.”

Of course, post-race, a runner’s fluids are incredibly important, and his trainer Tom Mangan brought the right ones: Three miniature bottles of Johnnie Walker Black Label. 

Cheers, Mr. Mendes. You are an inspiration to us all.

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