Sunday, October 07, 2007

Scorching Chicago Marathon leaves 1 dead - Yahoo! News

Marathons are crazy to begin with...Marthoners even more so.... ;)

Scorching Chicago Marathon leaves 1 dead - Yahoo! News: "CHICAGO - In a race run in scorching heat that left one man dead, Kenya's Patrick Ivuti won the Chicago Marathon by a fraction of a second Sunday. At least 49 runners were taken to hospitals and another 250 were treated at the site. The 88-degree heat and sweltering humidity were so draining that organizers shut down the second half of the course four hours after the start. Ivuti leaned at the finish line to edge Jaouad Gharib of Morocco by 0.05 seconds. Ethiopia's Berhane Adere rallied to successfully defend her women's title. Chad Schieber of Midland, Mich., 35, collapsed while running on the South Side and was pronounced dead shortly before 1 p.m. at a Veteran's Affairs hospital, the Cook County medical examiner's office. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday."


Blogger Jessica said...

Marathon running requires a tremendous amount of training and that doesn't even come close to what you face on race day. You might say crazy, but people have done crazier things to themselves. It's not even about athletics, really, it's about beleiving you can cross that finish line in the face of distance, injuries, and yes, in this case, heat. The "crazy" part is the fateful judgement call that comes to everyone at some point while they are out on the course: I can't go on, there's something wrong...but you go on anyway, even if you feel like you are going to puke. Death is sad, I hope to never lose my life running a marathon. I'll keep running though.

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