Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Rock n Rollover?
Sure, you might have just generally heard about the Rock 'N' Roll annual half marathon at the beach this past holiday weekend. If you couldn't tell by my Facebook, I ran it with friends from school. But for the SECOND year in a row, the race has claimed a life.
According to NBC12, the 27-year-old male Sean McCarthy finished the race (13.1 miles), and then headed over to the medical tent. He was taken to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His cause of death has not yet been determined. He was on one of the marathon training teams, and was placed in the "intermediate cobalt group." Translation: before he even started that training program, he could run 20-25 miles a week.
Last year, 23-year-old Erik Wellumson was running the same race and collapsed on the boardwalk near 8th street. He too, was in good shape and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Medical examiners reported he died from an acute cardiac collapse.
A 50-year-old runner also died during the 2005 Rock 'N' Roll 1/2 Marathon, making the count 3 runners in the past 5 years.
When running this past weekend, the last 3 miles seemed to take the entire 2 hours. All I knew for sure is that no part of me ever desires to run a full marathon. I'm guessing that about 95% of people reading this agree. The rest of you, well, you're overachievers.
Now ya heard. Spread the word.