A man in his 30s, participating in the Brooklyn Half Marathon, collapsed and died after crossing the finish line in a heat wave that hit the east coast of the United States.
A NYPD spokesperson independent The unidentified runner collapsed at the finish line just before 9 a.m. along the Coney Island boardwalk.
He was rushed to a nearby Coney Island hospital where he was pronounced dead of “possible heart attack”.
At least six other racers were also taken to hospital with various injuries during the run, three of them seriously injured, according to FDNY.
The tragedy struck runners in harsh temperatures on Saturday morning as the annual Brooklyn Half Marathon took place for the first time since the pandemic began.
More than 30 million people are on a heat wave advisory this weekend as temperatures in parts of the northeast are expected to reach highs of 90 degrees.
Temperatures in New York City are expected to reach 91 degrees Fahrenheit, with a perceived temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
An unusual heat wave in mid-May is on the verge of breaking the 1996 record of 93 degrees Fahrenheit.
Prior to the race, organizers, New York Road Runners, issued guidelines for participants on how to stay safe in the heat.
“We are continuing to monitor weather conditions for Saturday, but high temperatures are expected,” the nonprofit said in a tweet on Thursday.
Participants were urged to be aware of signs of heat problems, drink plenty of fluids, and respect limits.
“The heat and humidity increase the physical difficulty of running, and when it goes beyond what the body can handle, health problems can arise.
Read the instructions. “Don’t aim for your personal best on a hot, sticky day, especially if you’re not used to such conditions.”
Saturday’s death comes eight years after the tragedy of a 2014 race in which a 31-year-old man fell and died shortly after falling off the finish line.
Organized by the non-profit New York Road Runners, the course begins at the Brooklyn Museum, travels through the park and continues along the borough of Brooklyn, New York City, ending at the seaside promenade on Coney Island.
About 22,000 people were expected to take part in the 13.1 mile run, including celebrities like GMA host TJ Holmes.