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Oldest woman to finish NYC marathon dies

The woman who held the record for the past three years as the oldest runner to cross the finish line of the New York City Marathon died this week, hours after finishing Sunday's race.


Joy Johnson ran her first NYC Marathon at age 61and kept on running for the next 25 years.


At 86 she stumbled and hit her head near mile 20. The next day she laid down for a nap and never woke up.


"When she would run through the boroughs people in different neighborhoods would cheer her on all the way," said Johnson's daughter Diana Boydston.


"Every morning she would pick up the papers for everybody and bring them to our front door," said Johnson's neighbor Vince Maestri.


Johnson finished on Sunday in just under eight hours.

 

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