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Man Rushed to Hospital After Collapsing During Marathon

By Ben Fractenberg | November 7, 2011 8:52am

HARLEM — A marathon runner was rushed to Mt. Sinai Hospital in critical condition after collapsing in Harlem Sunday, the fire department said.

The 26-year-old runner reportedly collapsed on Fifth Avenue between 117th and 118th streets while running the ING New York City Marathon at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

“He fell on his face on Fifth Avenue, he just dropped like he was shot,” Harlem resident James White, 52, told the New York Post. “[Emergency crews] worked on him on Fifth [Avenue] while hundreds of runners passed him.”

Emergency responders reportedly gave the man chest compressions before loading him into an ambulance.

He had a heart rate and blood pressure but was unresponsive, fire officials said.

The runner's current condition in unclear.

Harlem is in the final leg of the race, with runners heading down Fifth Avenue and into Central Park  before looping around on 59th Street and finishing on the park's west side near 67th Street.