Joy Johnson

Oldest Woman in NYC Marathon Finishes Race, Dies the Next Day

Posted on 11/6/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyAt 86, distance runner Joy Johnson was a remarkable athlete. A retired gym teacher from the San Jose area who took up jogging at age 56, Johnson competed in scores of races around the country and amassed a string of 25 consecutive finishes in the New York City Marathon — one of the most legendary streaks in the history of recreational running. Two years ago, at 84, she became the oldest finisher ever in that event, clocking a time of …