The 32-year-old runner, who collapsed and died after completing the Brooklyn Half Marathon, was a New York University master’s graduate and behavioral therapist, The Post has learned.
David Reichman fell on the promenade near the finish line at Brighton Beach’s Ocean Parkway in the sweltering heat on Saturday and was later pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital, police officers said.
Reichman was one of the founders of Field Trip Health, a mental health and psychotherapy company in Kips Bay, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Founded in October 2020, the company says it is “redefining mental health and well-being through pioneering work in the fields of psychedelics and psychedelic-enhanced psychotherapy,” according to its LinkedIn page.
He previously worked as a substance use specialist for NYC Health + Hospitals for two years and, according to his profile, has a master’s degree from the NYU Silver School of Social Work.
Reichman lived with his girlfriend in Flatbush until he moved to Manhattan in March, the super in his Brooklyn building, who would only identify himself as Ozzie, told The Post on Sunday.
A woman who answered the door of Reichman’s Flatbush apartment declined to comment.
Police said 15 other runners were hospitalized after Saturday’s race.
The 22,000-person event, sponsored by New York Road Runners and the NYPD, travels from the Brooklyn Museum through Prospect Park and to the Coney Island Boardwalk.
The race was held this year for the first time since 2019 due to the COVID-19 lockdown, but took place in sweltering heat, which had reached 70 degrees and 83% humidity by 9 a.m. when it started, Fox Weather reported.
Reichman’s death is the event’s first since a 31-year-old runner collapsed and died after crossing the finish line in 2014.
The New York City coroner will determine Reichman’s cause of death.
In a statement released Saturday, the New York Road Runners said they had “medical personnel deployed throughout the course from start to finish, ready to respond immediately to the medical needs of all runners, spectators, volunteers and staff.”
“The health and safety of our runners, volunteers, partners and employees remains a top priority for NYRR,” the group said. “In coordination and consultation with city agency partners and weather experts, NYRR closely monitored weather conditions before and during the race.”
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