Sunday, March 2, 2008

Man Dies After Completing Little Rock Marathon

Some sad news to report on this busy day of marathoning: A 27-year-old man died after running today's Little Rock Marathon. The runner, identified as Adam Nickel of Madison, Wisconsin, was pronounced dead Sunday near the finish line.

Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and defibrillation were performed, but Nickel could not be revived. He was pronounced dead after being transported to the University of Arkansas hospital, according to the race's medical director, who said that he died in the emergency department. Medical staff were unable to detect a cardiac rhythm.

This is the first death in the six years of the Little Rock Marathon. Condolences to Mr. Nickel's family and loved ones. Considering how grueling a marathon is, it's fortunate that such sad events occur so rarely, especially when you realize how many hundreds of thousands of people run marathons each year. It remains to be seen what the cause of this untimely death was.

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