Services today for woman, 29, stricken during race in Balto.

Clancy got into 22nd mile, died at Union Memorial


October 26, 2001|By Paul McMullen

A funeral Mass is scheduled for today in Milford, Conn., for a 29-year-old female runner who took ill during last Saturday's 26-mile, 385-yard Baltimore Marathon Festival and died a day later.

The service will be celebrated for Laura M. Clancy, who lived in Greenwich, Conn., and was an account executive with a public relations firm in New York City.

She was taken from the 22nd mile of the Baltimore Marathon course, near Druid Hill Park, and admitted to Union Memorial Hospital at 1:24 p.m., approximately five hours after the race began. Clancy was pronounced dead at 7:16 a.m. Sunday.

A spokeswoman for Union Memorial declined to disclose the cause of death.

"You hope that nothing like this happens, but it's something that occurs in races around the country," said city Councilwoman Catherine Pugh, one of the festival's founders. "It's unfortunate that it had to happen here. I have spoken to one of her sisters and expressed the city's condolences."

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