Brooklyn runner collapses, dies at Half Marathon’s finish line

1 month ago

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A Brooklyn Half Marathon runner collapsed and died after crossing the finish line Saturday morning amid a severe heatwave hitting the state.

The 30-year-old man dies shortly after collapsing at the finish line along the Coney Island Boardwalk just before 9 a.m., authorities said.

Doctors at the nearby Coney Island Hospital said that the man died from a “possible cardiac episode.”

The FDNY added that at least six other runners were taken to hospitals throughout the event after sustaining injuries; half of them had serious wounds.

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  • Prior to the race, New York Road Runners issued guidelines for the participants to help them keep safe amid the grueling temperatures.

    “We’re continuing to monitor the weather conditions for Saturday, but expect high temperatures,” the organizers wrote on Twitter Thursday.

    “Heat and humidity increase the physical challenge of running, and health problems can occur when you push beyond what your body can handle.”

    “Do not aim for a personal best on a warm, sticky day, particularly if you are not used to such conditions.”