COLUMBIA — For his 80th birthday, Don Johnson decided to take "a holiday, if you will," traveling the 25 miles from his Centralia home to Columbia to participate in Monday's 49th annual Heart of America marathon. On his holiday, he became the oldest person to ever participate in the infamous marathon. And though the race fell just two days short of Johnson's actual birthday on Sept. 3, the self-proclaimed fitness freak decided the date of the race was, "close enough for another crazy physical endeavor."
Columbia man matching years with milestones
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