Runner who collapsed and died just after finishing Brooklyn Half Marathon is named as 32-year-old – as cops ask whether it should have been canceled due to 90F heat and 83% humidity
A runner who collapsed and died just after crossing the finish line at the RBC Brooklyn Half Marathon Saturday on the hottest May day ever recorded in the Northwest region has been named as 32-year-old David Reichman.
Reichman collapsed at the finish line in Coney Island about 9:30 a.m., about two and a half hours after the 13.1 mile race started, CBS reported.
Temperatures in New York soared from below 60F at dawn to nearly 80 degrees by morning, and reached the 90s by the afternoon.
Paramedics made their way through a crowd of runners at the RBC Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday after a man died near the finish line and five others were hospitalized
The 32-year-old runner collapsed just a few blocks away from the finishing
Reichman and five other runners participating in the 13.1 mile race were hospitalized and taken to Coney Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Three of the other runners were listed in serious condition, while the remaining two were reported with minor injuries, the New York Fire Department said.
While race organizers warned participants of the heat advisory in place for New York, the first one in 16 years, it is not yet clear if the heat led to the death and injuries, officials said.
The New York Road Runners released the following statement regarding Saturday’s death:
‘We are deeply saddened by the passing of a participant following the 2022 RBC Brooklyn Half. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the runner’s family and those close to them.
‘The male runner … collapsed after finishing the race. He was immediately attended to by on-site medical staff and then transported to Coney Island Hospital. NYRR has medical staff placed from start to finish throughout the race course, who are ready to respond immediately to the medical needs of all runners, spectators, volunteers and staff. Runners who require further attention are transferred to appropriate medical facilities.
‘The health and safety of our runners, volunteers, partners, and staff remain the top priority for NYRR. In coordination and consultation with city agency partners and weather experts, NYRR was closely monitoring weather conditions leading up to and during the race. Throughout the race, weather temperatures ranged from the low 60s to high 70s.’
The death at the Brooklyn Half Marathon was the first time since 2014 where a participant in a half-marathon died in the city.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams had also issued a warning about Saturday’s heat, saying beaches are still closed and asking residents to check up on neighbors.
It came the Tri-State area faces a heatwave, causing temperatures to soar to nearly 100F
But New Yorkers ignored the Mayor and just miles away from the finish line beachgoers were captured catching some rays at Coney Island Beach.
Coney Island also hosted the Kid’s Boardwalk Run on Saturday morning and the beach’s amusement park Luna Park and the aquarium were open as well.
The beach was packed with families sitting in the sand tanning and others looking for an escape from the heat and dipping in the water despite city officials begging New Yorkers to avoid the water for at least another week when lifeguards are officially on duty.
Officials also warned of dangerous riptides caused by predicted storms as well as the water still being below 70 degrees which can lead to hypothermia, CBS News reported.
But the heat is not expected to last long, with forecasters saying a second round of storms will offer some relief from the summer-like heat and have temperatures returning back to normal by Monday, Accuweather reported.
On Sunday afternoon parts of the Northeast, including New York, can expect thunder storms and heavy rain.