A Troubling Trend

Is this the inevitable result of opening up marathon fields to more and not-as-well conditioned racers?

There were two fatalities among the 37,899 finishers of Sunday’s New York City Marathon, according to the New York Road Runners, the organizer of the event.

Read the New York Times article here.

According to the AP, one of the deaths occurred after the runner had crossed the finish line at 4:30 pm. I don’t know what time his race started, but it sounds like he was on the course for a long time. I don’t want to make any assumptions, but, while my heart goes out to him and his family, was he medically cleared to run this race? And, are deaths during marathons more likely to occur now that races like New York and London are talking about opening up the field to more runners?

The current issue of Runner’s World features an article on running deaths, so I suspect we’re going to hear a lot more on the subject in the future.


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