Since he started running at age 50, the 81-year-old Johncock has done more than 400 races, ranging from 5K to 50K, including more than 100 marathons. He said he's never dropped out of a race.'nuf said.
"I wanted to finish. I didn't want to go to the hospital." But he knew he couldn't get to the finish without relieving himself.
"My bladder would've have burst or something," he said.
Then a spectator who overheard the conversation said he had a spare catheter in his car.
"I said, 'Oh, you saved my life. And you saved my marathon.'"
Johncock was able to insert it himself.