This is an incredibly feel good and inspiring story! The last finisher of the New York City Marathon was a runner named Jonathan Mendes who needed 11 hours and 23 minutes to complete the 26.2-mile course. Not a good time, unless you consider that he’s 96 years old and a World War II veteran! Mendes is believed to be the oldest unofficial finisher in the history of the New York City Marathon. “Unofficial” because the official time clock stopped tracking runners 45 minutes earlier. Mendes was a bomber in the Marines and flew more than 100 missions in World War II and more than 70 in the Korean War. While in the service he trained John Glenn who later became an astronaut and the first American to orbit the Earth.
Madrid marathon, June 6, 2013. (Photo by Francis Tsang/Cover/Getty Images)(Photo by Francis Tsang/Cover/Getty Images)