Joy Johnson, oldest woman to run New York City Marathon, dies at 86

Her race is run.

Joy Johnson, the oldest woman to compete in the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, died in her sleep the next day, her sneakers still laced on her feet.

The 86-year-old athlete, who had said she wanted to die running, was found on her hotel bed Monday afternoon. “At least she was running, the way she wanted to go,” said her daughter, Diana Boydston.

The San Jose, Calif., resident had finished the marathon Sunday, despite taking a tumble around the 20th mile of the 26.2-mile race.

Her sister, Faith Anderson, 83, accompanied her fleet-footed sister to New York and said Johnson hit her head on the roadway.

Medics wanted to bring Johnson to the hospital, but she wouldn’t be deterred from completing her 25th New York City Marathon and crossed the finish line with a time of seven hours, 57 minutes and 41 seconds.

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