Runner Dies After Crossing Brooklyn Half Marathon Finish Line

By Janet Upadhye on May 20, 2014 7:06am | Updated on May 20, 2014 8:13am

 A 31-year-old runner died after collapsing at the finish line of the Brooklyn Half Marathon Saturday morning, race officials announced. This photo was taken at the Brooklyn Half Marathon finish line on the Coney Island boardwalk in 2012.
A 31-year-old runner died after collapsing at the finish line of the Brooklyn Half Marathon Saturday morning, race officials announced. This photo was taken at the Brooklyn Half Marathon finish line on the Coney Island boardwalk in 2012.
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CONEY ISLAND — The Brooklyn Half Marathon ended in tragedy on Saturday, with a 31-year-old runner dead after he collapsed at the finish line, race officials said Monday.

The man, whose identity was not immediately released, was running in the race's first wave, which started at 7 a.m., and fell at West 16th Street and the Coney Island boardwalk about 9:09 a.m., the FDNY said.

He was immediately treated by on-site medical staff and transported to Coney Island Hospital, said Chris Weiller, a spokesman for race organizer the New York Road Runners.

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of a participant following the 2014 NYRR Brooklyn Half," Weiller said in a statement. "Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and those close to him.”

The runner died of a heart attack, according to the FDNY.

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