HUNTINGTON BEACH – Dorothy Joy walked her first Surf City Half Marathon at age 75.
On Sunday, at 90, she walked her last.
Or so she says.
Surrounded by four generations of family and several longtime friends, Joy celebrated her recent birthday the way she has for a decade plus: by walking 13.1 miles on Super Bowl Sunday.
“I’ve done 63 5Ks,” said Joy, a Yucaipa resident. “One 10K, 53 halves and 10 relays. I’ve moved around a little bit.”
Joy’s active lifestyle inspires family members and strangers alike, said daughter Jenny Dean.
Dean, one of three daughters, and Mandey Marangakis, one of four grandchildren, walk with Joy for the quality time together race days afford. Marangakis – the antithesis of a morning person, she joked – has braved dawn the past few years and learned about her grandparents’ relationship as a result.
Recently, Marangakis’ teenage daughter, Ashley – one of 10 great-grandchildren – joined the mobile family gathering.
“We talk about all kinds of family history out there,” said Joy, who’ll continue to walk competitively but only shorter races.
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