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Sunday, October 16, 2011

So Sad

This is tragic...

A 27-year-old man has died after he collapsed near the finish line of the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon.
Emergency Medical Services responded to the call around 11:15 a.m. on Sunday. He was without vital signs when they arrived at Bay and Wellington Sts.
The man was taken to St. Michael’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Toronto police Staff Sgt. John Boyce said it “appears he was running in the race” as he was wearing a tag with a number on it.
Officials don’t yet know the cause of death.

I've posted this because my daughter and her man like to run.
I know she has set her sights on a marathon next year.
Please be careful...
he was only 27...
he was someone's son...
probably someone's sweetheart...
obviously thought he was in good shape...
I do believe being active is a good thing, but I don't believe we were ever meant to push our bodies quite this hard.
Just a thought on a grey, windy, rainy Sunday.


  1. Jaq
    at least he was doing something he truly loved...not many can say that

  2. Hadn't heard the news today. I know it happens occasionally at a marathon just as it happens on the ice to young hockey players sometimes. Poor fellow and poor family.

  3. Very sad. I'm always amazed when this happens to seemingly healthy and active people...I hope they can figure out what happened, it might help others in the future.
    xo J~

  4. This is so sad Jacqueline. I understand your fears about your daughter. Mine just did a triathlon in June and I was so scared for her. Even though she was under the hand of a coach I still worried. I know of no cause that she could run for that would have been worth her giving her own life for. She had to swim a mile in open water and then cycle 10 miles and run six. But she did it and was so proud of herself. But I am just relieved it is over.

  5. It's probably going to end up being an unusual set of circumstances...however I still think the stress is extreme and unnecessary...even if it is what they love!

  6. Most often these sudden deaths in young, fit athletes are the result of an underlying cardiac electrical conductivity issue such as Long Q-T syndrome. Sadly the first recorded symptom is generally a sudden & catastrophic cardiac arrest. So sad that a bystander couldn't have started CPR will waiting for the Emerg. Services to arrive. Having basic CPR skills & being able to use them is one of life's greatest blessings.
    Millie x

  7. He obviously wasn't as fit as he thought he was. Don't people have to have medical tests in order to compete in these grueling and unnecessary running races? And people put themselves through much worse..... Whatever turns you on!

  8. Such a sad story... hard for our 'young ones' to believe this could happen to them. Even though we worry for our kids, just like us they have to live life to the fullest every day, listen to their bodies, and have fun!

  9. Such a sad story. Something he really enjoyed killed him.

  10. We have had several young men die while playing football over here, it seems there are some heart problems that show no signs until they just literally drop was 17 it is just tragic I hope your lovely girl and her man stay safe.


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