Joy Johnson, 86, of California stumbled during the 20th mile of Sunday’s marathon and hit her head. She refused medical attention and finished the race in just over eight hours, the 25th time she had completed the marathon.
On Monday morning, Johnson and her sister Faith Anderson, who accompanied her to New York City, made an appearance on The Today Show. Back at the Roosevelt Hotel, Johnson laid down to rest and never woke up.
Since 2011, Johnson had been the oldest woman running the New York City Marathon. This year, there were just 31 runners who were over the age of 80.