Skip to main content
  1. Sports
  2. Recreation
  3. Endurance Sports

Toshiko d'Elia a true icon of master's running

See also

It has been reported by the North Jersey Masters Club that Toshiko d'Elia of Ridgewood, N.J. has passed away at the age of 84..

Toshiko was born Toshiko Kishimoto on January 2, 1930 in Kyoto, Japan. She along with her husband who passed away several years ago were the founding members of the North Jersey Masters Club.

She took up running later in life and completed many local and international events where she was a standout performer and regular age group top finisher. She ran her first marathon in 1976 at the Shore Athletic Club’s Jersey Shore Marathon. She had intended to only run the half marathon but kept on going and completed the full marathon in a time of 3:25.

She was the first 50 year old woman to run under 3 hours for the marathon. Her motto documented in a Japanese news article was, “run to live, not live to run.”

Toshiko kept competing into her 80’s when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The running world will miss a true icon of running.

Advertisement

Sports

  • David Price rumors
    Should the bottom-dwelling Tampa Bay Rays trade or keep pitching ace David Price?
    Video
    MLB Rumors
  • Maria Kirilenko slideshow
    Feast your eyes on the former fiance of Alex Ovechkin: The newly-single Maria Kirilenko
    Camera
    20 Photos
  • Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has Alzheimer's disease, will step down
    NFL News
  • Sam responds to Dungy
    Michael Sam has the perfect response to Tony Dungy's controversial comments
    NFL News
  • Bella wardrobe malfunction
    Sexy diva Nikki Bella suffers wardrobe malfunction during WWE show
    Fight Sports
  • LeBron gives cupcakes
    LeBron James sends cupcakes to neighbors after press overtakes neighborhood
    Food & Drink

Related Videos:

  • Nick Willis Shares Uplifting Message After Breaking 3:30 Barrier in the 1,500
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517431614" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=517431614&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Save your back with the Backjoy Sit Smart Posture+
    <iframe width="600" height="337" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/W-eNEBgRnXI?rel=0?rel=0&amp;VQ=HD720&amp;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Seattle joins Tour de France fever
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gMVXVHfhyME?VQ=HD720&amp;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>