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Brooklyn fatality mars glorious weekend of running

By on May 20, 2014

Details have emerged over the past 48 hours of a tragedy that struck the Brooklyn half-marathon on Saturday.

  • A 31-year-old male runner collapsed shortly after finishing the half-marathon.
  • He had started running at 7am in the race’s first wave, before collapsing at 9:09 a.m.
  • From the finish line in Coney Island, he was immediately attended to by on-site medical staff who then transported him to Coney Island Hospital.
  • The New York City Fire Department confirmed that the runner died of a heart attack.
  • The runner’s name has not been released out of respect to his family.

Reactions to the Brooklyn half-marathon tragedy

Runner’s World quotes Chris Weiller, a spokesperson for New York Road Runners:

We are deeply saddened by the passing of a participant following the 2014 NYRR Brooklyn Half. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and those close to him.

Many other runners appeared unaware of the tragedy. One runner, Sean Dunne, reported how “the atmosphere was electric from start to finish”.

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