Triathlons a way of life for Jones

Age taking its toll, but pioneering triathlete still has a finishing kick

Updated: July 23, 2014, 3:42 PM ET
By Doug Williams | Special to ESPN.com

Russ Jones is a fast-talking, fast-moving, perpetually enthusiastic and decorated link to triathlon's past.

Jones can recite dates, times and names from races 30 years ago and has a house full of trophies, medals and plaques from more than 1,000 triathlons, duathlons and road races. And at 59, Jones is no athletic dinosaur, content to simply rest and reminisce.

Just a year short of the 40th anniversary of his first triathlon, Jones is still winning age-group triathlons across California ...

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