Wonderful Race’s Oldest Feminine Contestant Jody Kelly Lifeless at 85
The Amazing Race family has lost one of their own.
Jody Kelly—the oldest woman to ever compete on the CBS travel competition—died “suddenly but peacefully” on Sept. 5, according to her obituary in the Austin-American Statesman. She was 85.
Jody, who had resided in Austin, Texas, for more than a decade, was attending Spanish language immersion camp in Minnesota when she died, per the obit.
Born on Jan. 21, 1938, Jody was 71 when she appeared on The Amazing Race‘s 16th season in 2010. Partnering up with her then-22-year-old granddaughter Shannon Foster, the Alabama native made it to the second round of the race before being eliminated.
At the time, she said her participation on the show was proof that senior people “can do physical things.”
And rightly so. In addition to founding StrengthMobile, a company that provides physical training to the elderly, Jody represented Team USA in multiple international races, including the 2010 European Aquatics Championships in Budapest and the 2016 ITU World Triathlon in Cozumel. She was also a member of Paddles with a Purpose—a dragon boat team comprised of breast cancer survivors—after going into remission in 2018.