Marathon Runner, 86, Dies One Day After Race

Joy Johnson finished her 25th New York City race on Sunday

By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner

Posted Nov 5, 2013 7:01 PM CST

(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. Newsy reports:

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