- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Joy Johnson, the oldest woman to complete the New York City Marathon on Sunday, died just one day later at age 86.

“At least she was running, the way she wanted to go,” Miss Johnson’s daughter, Diana Boydston, of San Jose, Calif., told the New York Daily News.


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The octogenarian, also of San Jose, had fallen and bumped her head on the pavement around the 20th mile, according to her sister, Faith Anderson, the Daily News reported. She refused medical treatment and finished the arduous trek in a little under 8 hours.

Shortly after visiting the “Today” show crowd at Rockefeller Center on Monday morning, Miss Johnson complained she was tired and went to lie down in her room at the Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan.

She didn’t wake up and was declared dead at Bellevue Hospital, the Daily News reported.

Miss Johnson said just two days before her death to a group of photographers that she will keep running until she no longer can.

“I always say I’m going to run until I drop,” she said. “I’m going to die in my tennis shoes. I just don’t know when I’m going to quit.”