86-Year-Old NYC Marathoner Dies a Day After Race

by Karl Utermohlen | November 6, 2013 2:36 pm

86-year-old Joy Johnson said that she always wanted to die running and it appears as if she got her wish.

Daily News reports that Johnson[1] died on Monday after finishing her 25th ING New York City Marathon the previous day. During the run, she took a tumble and hit her head but continued running. The next day, she was in her hotel room and took a nap while wearing her running shoes but never woke up.

Joy Johnson had become synonymous with running toward the end of her life and she had been running 8 miles a day in anticipation for the marathon. The 86-year-old athlete finished the marathon in seven hours, 57 minutes and 41 seconds.

Endnotes:
  1. Daily News reports that Johnson: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/oldest-woman-new-york-city-marathon-dies-86-article-1.1507052

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