A 30-year-old man running the Brooklyn Half Marathon died after crossing the finish line Saturday morning, fire department and race officials said.
The runner was rushed to Coney Island Hospital after he collapsed from a cardiac arrest at the boardwalk finish line around 9 a.m., police said.
“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 New York Road Runners said in a statement.
The New York City Fire Department reported 17 injuries, one resulting in death, from runners participating in the 13.1-mile race. A total of 16 people were transported to the hospital for treatment.
Twelve of the injured runners were said to have minor or non-life-threatening injuries, the fire department said.
Saturday’s death was the first for the Brooklyn race in eight years. In 2014, a 31-year-old runner died near the end of the half marathon after collapsing.
The half marathon returned in-person Saturday, for the first time since the pandemic, when a heat advisory was in place for the entire city. Temperatures were expected to climb up to 90 degrees at the height of the day’s heat.
Runners started early in the morning, racing from the Brooklyn Museum to the Coney Island Boardwalk.