Jay Johnson is an elite mountain runner and record holder. He was the first American to win the World Mountain Championships in 1987, and also placed 9th in 1980, 22nd in 1991, and 24th in 1992. He held the uphill record at the 32-kilometer Sierre-Zinal Mountain Race for many years at 1:45. He won the Vail Hill Climb in 1987, as well as the Vogorno-Bardughee in 1988. He was an impressive high school distance runner, running a 2:28 marathon as junior at Paavo Nurmi in 1977, earning one of the top five times in the US. He founded the LaSportiva Mountain Cup in 2008, and is a donor & supporter of many US mountain running teams. Johnson is a long-time Boulder resident and his wife Lilly, a two-time Bolder Boulder winner herself, owns Fleet Feet Sports there.
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