According to the New York Daily News, Joy Johnson, an 86-year-old woman from California, reportedly the oldest woman to complete the New York City Marathon, died the next day after finishing the 26.2 miles.

NYC Marathon Joy Johnson

Johnson fell and hit her head around the 20th-mile mark of the race. She saw medics but insisted on completing the race and finishing what she began.

The retired physical education teacher died Monday afternoon, hours after showing off her medal to Al Roker outside the Today show at 30 Rockefeller Center.


Johnson’s daughter, Diana Boydston, told a local television station on Tuesday that her mother collapsed shortly after meeting Roker, and then died around 3:30 p.m. at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York.

“At least she got one last time,” Boydston told NBC.“That was more important to her than the marathon, showing off her medal to Al Roker.”


Sunday’s race was Johnson’s 25th New York City marathon, one she finished in just under eight hours.

Our prayers go out to the family and friends of Joy Johnson.

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

Marcelle English