86-year-old dies day after running NYC marathon

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(Credit: Al Roker interviews Joy Johnson on the "Today" show. (NBC))

Joy Johnson, so well known as an octogenarian distance runner that Al Roker annually chatted with her in the "Today" show crowd the day after the New York City Marathon, died Monday of an apparent head injury suffered during Sunday's race. She was 86.

Marathon officials had announced earlier Monday that Johnson, a retired gym teacher and coach who took up running at 59, had been...

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Spectators revel in return of NYC Marathon

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If there was a silver lining to the extraordinary security in force around Columbus Circle, it was that supporters wishing to cheer on the runners as they did their final mile were guaranteed easy, accessible viewing. While the general public was barred from going to the finish line inside the park, anyone could get an excellent view by following a mouse-like maze of metal fences to the Central...

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New York City Marathon goes on amid heavy security


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Security was a top priority Sunday at the New York City Marathon as 47,000 runners traversed the five boroughs in cool temperatures and a stiff wind from the north.

This year's race marked the return of the marathon after a one-year hiatus because of superstorm Sandy. It also comes just eight months after the Boston Marathon bombing in April, which killed three people and injured more than...

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Marathon champs can extend reign for third straight year

Firehiwot Dado

(Credit: Firehiwot Dado was the fastest woman in the 2011 NYC Marathon. (Getty))

It's been two years since the last New York City Marathon, which means the 2011 winners had an extra year as the reigning champs for Geoffrey Mutai and Firehiwot Dado. Both are entered into Sunday's race with the chance to defend their respective crowns. Here's each defending champion at a glance.


Geoffrey Mutai

The 32-year-old Kenyan set a course record when he won two...

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Unprecedented safeguards in place for Sunday's NYC marathon

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(Credit: High-ranking members of the NYPD walk along the finish line. (Charles Eckert))

The anti-terrorism operation at Sunday’s New York City Marathon will be among the largest ever carried out across the five boroughs, as authorities employ a heightened strategy in response to the Boston Marathon bombings, officials said.

Federal authorities and police are bolstering security to an unprecedented level for the event and working closely with U.S. intelligence agencies to sniff...

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Sandy postponement, Boston attack push NYC marathoners to go the distance


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After Superstorm Sandy forced the shutdown of the ING New York City Marathon in 2012, runners said they were anxious to get back to the starting line this year, but no one expected that a terror attack in another city would be on their minds.

The Boston Marathon bombings in April killed three spectators and injured more than 200 other participants who were near the finish line.

New York...

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