Marathon Runner Collapses, Dies

Man, 23, Is 2nd Participant To Die In Festival's History

October 11, 2009|By Hanah Cho | Hanah Cho,hanah.cho@baltsun.com

A 23-year-old male runner collapsed Saturday morning at the Baltimore Running Festival and later died, the second death during the marathon's nine-year history, event organizers and officials said.

Lee Corrigan, president of Corrigan Sports Enterprises, the event organizer, said the runner fell at the 25th-mile marker, near the route's last medical aid station. Workers immediately came to the assistance of the man, who was taken to Union Memorial Hospital. His name was not released.

Debra Schindler, a hospital spokeswoman, said the runner collapsed about 11:20 a.m. and was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1:11 p.m. after doctors unsuccessfully tried to revive him. Schindler said the runner never regained consciousness.

The state's medical examiner office was expected today to perform an autopsy to determine a cause of death.

Corrigan said the event had seven medical stations, which were staffed with 250 health care professionals, including doctors and registered nurses.

"We are heartbroken about it and it puts a sad note on an otherwise great day for Baltimore," he said. "Our hearts go out to him and his family."

The last time there was a death at the race was in 2001, during the first year of the marathon. A 29-year-old female runner died after having a brain aneurysm, Corrigan said.

Laura M. Clancy, who lived in Greenwich, Conn., an account executive with a public relations firm in New York City, fell ill around the 22nd mile of the course and was taken to Union Memorial. She died a day later.

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