Jan/Feb Editor’s Choice: Ode to Joy

January 6, 2014
Cover18.1SMOde to Joy.
Rich Benyo
© 2014 42K(+) Press, Inc.

One day after finishing her 25th New York City Marathon, Joy Johnson, who had taken a fall during the marathon at 20 miles where she suffered a head injury but continued the race in spite of it, died while taking a nap in her Manhattan hotel room. She was 86 and the oldest finisher of the famed marathon. She was accompanied to the race by her younger sister, Faith [Anderson], 83, who was with her when she died.

“I want to keep running as long as I can and drop in my running shoes when the time comes,” she stated in a 2011 interview with USA Today.

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