Found November 06, 2013 on Bob's Blitz :
86-year-old Joy Johnson finished the New York Marathon in 7 hours, 51 minutes, 41 seconds, making her the oldest woman to finish the event. The famed runner proclaimed, “I want to die running,” before the race, and -- she almost did:Johnson’s younger sister, Faith Anderson, said Johnson — who was running her 25th consecutive New York City Marathon — told her that she tripped and fell around Mile 20 of the five-borough foot tour....A spokesman for marathon organizer New York Road Runners said Johnson went to the medical tent after finishing the 26.2-mile course and was “alert and in good spirits.”“When evaluated by our medical team she was strongly advised to allow our Emergency Medical Services team to take her to the hospital for further evaluation, but Joy declined,” said Chris Weiller of NYRR.“Our deepest condolences go out to Joy’s family and friends. She was an inspiration to us all.”Joy went to the Today show taping, hung with Al Roker, and then returned to the hospital ... where she passed away.**Follow us on Twitter, Subscribe by Email, View via Our Mobile Site, or Return Home
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