Marathon Runner, 86, Dies One Day After Race
Joy Johnson finished her 25th New York City race on Sunday
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Posted Nov 5, 2013 7:01 PM CST
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(Newser) – Joy Johnson of San Jose was the oldest woman to ever complete the New York City Marathon. And yesterday, one day after finishing that marathon for the 25th time, she died at the age of 86. Johnson’s sister says the longtime runner fell on the 20th mile but was OK’d to continue after visiting the medical tent. The next day, however, she died in her sleep.

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Nov 5, 2013 10:46 PM CST
Sad but at least she lived life to the fullest. I couldn't do one mile let alone a marathon.
Nov 5, 2013 10:43 PM CST
Bless her. She went out like a boss. May her family rejoice in good memories.
Nov 5, 2013 10:15 PM CST
Instead of sitting around waiting for death, she met it half way. Good for her. There aren't a lot of good years after 86