Death of A runner at U.S. Marathon Trials

Posted: November 4, 2007 in marathon

Its sad to hear yet again the running fraternity has yet again lost a member of the family. The men’s U.S. Olympic trials marathon in New York, suffered a major tragedy, as elite runner Ryan Shay died of an apparent heart attack about five and a half miles into the race. His death comes after the death of another runner at this years Chicago Marathon.

According to media as he was running he clutched his chest, leaned over and stumbled to the ground. Several citizens who were watching the race immediately came to his aid, beginning CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation within moments of his collapse. Emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene shortly thereafter. He was rushed to Lennox Hill Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Ryan Shay was not just another fun runner like most of us he was a Pro running to be part of the US olympic team. According to Meb Keflezighi, who trained with Shay for about two years until 2006. “He’ll be remembered by myself and his teammates and others as a great runner and a great man. I still can’t believe it. He was a tough and talented guy.”

The common perception is that its fun runners who are likely to die but any one can be unlucky.  Let us train but remember to be humble to acknowledge we are lucky to finish a marathon.

I send my condolences to his family

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