Oldest New York City Marathon finisher dies a day after race

An 86-year-old California woman died Monday, just a day after finishing the 2013 New York City Marathon.

According to the New York Daily News, Joy Johnson died in her hotel room in Manhattan the morning after the race. Her sister, Faith Anderson, said Johnson fell during the 20th mile of the race and hit her head. Johnson insisted on finishing the race rather than going to the hospital.

The next day, she told Anderson she felt tired and went to lay down. She was later pronounced dead at an area hospital. No cause has been cited.

"I'll be at the back of the pack, but I don't mind," Johnson said before the race, according to the paper. “I just praise the Lord I can get out of bed each morning and run. A lot of people my age are in wheelchairs.

"I always say I'm going to run until I drop. I'm going to die in my tennis shoes. I just don't know when I'm going to quit."

Sunday was the 25th time Johnson finished the New York City Marathon.

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