2022 Brooklyn Half Marathon: Runner dies after collapsing at finish line

NEW YORK — A man has died after collapsing at the finish line of the Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday.

Police say the 30-year-old man from Brooklyn collapsed just before 9 a.m. after crossing the finish line at Coney Island.

The New York Road Runners said the man was immediately taken care of by medical personnel at the scene and then rushed to Coney Island Hospital.

It is unclear if the heat was a factor, police believe he may have suffered a heart attack. The medical examiner has not yet determined the cause of death.

New York Road Runners released the following statement:

We are deeply saddened by the passing of a participant following the 2022 RBC Brooklyn Half. Our thoughts and sympathy go out to the runner’s family and loved ones.

The male runner, 30, collapsed after finishing the race. He was immediately taken care of by the medical personnel on site, then transported to the Coney Island hospital. NYRR has medical staff positioned start-to-finish throughout the race route who are ready to respond immediately to the medical needs of all runners, spectators, volunteers and staff. Runners who require special attention are transferred to appropriate medical facilities.

The health and safety of our riders, volunteers, partners and staff remains NYRR’s top priority. In coordination and consultation with city agency partners and weather experts, NYRR was closely monitoring weather conditions before and during the race. Throughout the race, weather temperatures ranged from low 60s to high 70s.

The New York City Fire Department said emergency medical services attended to 17 people, one of whom refused medical attention while the other 16 were taken to hospital, including five in serious condition.

More than 22,000 runners were scheduled to run from Prospect Park to the Coney Island boardwalk in Saturday’s half marathon, which returned to full capacity for the first time in three years.

Temperatures topped 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26.7 degrees Celsius) midday in Brooklyn. A heat advisory warning that hot temperatures and high humidity could trigger heat-related illnesses remains in effect across New York City until 8 p.m. Saturday.

The identity of the deceased runner has not yet been released. This is the first runner death at the Brooklyn Half Marathon since 2014.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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