A 30-year-old man who was running the Brooklyn Half Marathon has collapsed and died after crossing the finish line as a searing heatwave hit the US east coast.
An NYPD spokesman said The Independent that the runner, whose identity has not been released, collapsed at the finish line along the Coney Island Boardwalk just before 9 a.m.
He was taken to nearby Coney Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead of a “possible cardiac episode.”
At least six other racers were also taken to the hospital with various injuries over the course of the run, according to the FDNY, three of them with serious injuries.
The tragedy came as runners faced grueling temperatures on Saturday morning, when the annual Brooklyn Half Marathon was held in-person for the first time since the pandemic began.
More than 30 million people are under a heat warning this weekend as temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s in parts of the North East.
Temperatures in New York City were forecast to be 91 degrees Fahrenheit at the daily high, with a feeling of 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
The freak heat wave in mid-May nearly smashed the record 93 degrees Fahrenheit set in 1996.
Before the race, organizer New York Road Runners issued guidelines for participants on how to stay safe in the heat.
“We continue to monitor weather conditions for Saturday but expect high temperatures,” the nonprofit tweeted Thursday.
Participants were asked to know the signs of heat problems, stay hydrated and respect their boundaries.
“Heat and humidity add to the physical challenge of running, and health issues can arise when you push beyond what your body can handle.
“Don’t aim for a personal best on a warm, muggy day, especially if you’re not used to such conditions,” the guidelines read.
Saturday’s death comes eight years after the tragedy at the 2014 race, when a 31-year-old man collapsed at the finish line and died some time later.
Organized by non-profit New York Road Runners, the course winds through the New York borough of Brooklyn, beginning at the Brooklyn Museum, passing through the park and ending at the Coney Island boardwalk.
Around 22,000 people were expected to attend the 13.1-mile run, including famous faces such as GMA presenter TJ Holmes.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/brooklyn-half-marathon-runner-death-heatwave-b2084350.html Brooklyn half-marathon runner collapses and dies after crossing finish line as heatwave hits East Coast