16 participants in Saturday’s Brooklyn Half Marathon collapsed during the race, including a 30-year-old who tragically passed away.
The man who died reportedly collapsed just before 9 a.m. after crossing the finish line in Coney Island.
A man died after he collapsed at the finish line of the Brooklyn Half Marathon Saturday. Police say the 30-year-old man from Brooklyn collapsed just before 9 a.m. after crossing the finish line in Coney Island. https://t.co/1KIPMykKiX
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) May 22, 2022
High temperatures across New York City over the weekend became a focal point after the runners pushed themselves in the heat.
But the race started in the early morning, with runners crossing the finish line in the mid-morning.
Let’s view the forecast at that timeframe.
Yesterday's weather . High humidity but reasonable temps at that time . pic.twitter.com/Y5kXNNlgVJ
— RandomGarbageMan (@Route3Complete) May 23, 2022
The temperature hovered in the 60s, with high humidity, during the race.
While the weather received the blame for causing runners to collapse, there’s another factor mainstream media refused to touch.
The Brooklyn Half Marathon required all runners to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
New York vaccinated marathon:
How it started…
And how it ended.
This is normal. The vaccine is working as expected. pic.twitter.com/gqcGFVhXUr
— Igor Chudov 🐭 (@ichudov) May 23, 2022
All 16 runners who collapsed at the Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday said they were 'fully vaccinated.'https://t.co/6ppyeZvDrd
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) May 23, 2022
Okay, granted it was hot here today, but a 30-year-old man collapsed and died in Coney Island during a half-marathon.
What are the chances he had a certain medical procedure that was in many cases mandated? https://t.co/r8OvBUnKSE
— Gotham Resistance (@Gothamresist) May 22, 2022
The New York Road Runners hosted the half marathon.
From the NYRR website:
We require adults taking part in any 2022 events and programs to attest to full vaccination against COVID-19. This policy took effect with the NYRR Midnight Run on December 31, 2021.
What Is Required
Any individual age 12 or above registered as a participant, as well as staff or volunteers working at an NYRR race, event, or program will be required to attest that they have received a full series of vaccines authorized by the United States Food & Drug Administration or the World Health Organization.
Becker News reported:
“The 22,000-runner race — from the Brooklyn Museum through Prospect Park to the Coney Island boardwalk — was held on an unseasonably hot and humid day,” the Post added. “The temperature at 9 a.m. at Coney Island was already 70 degrees with 83% humidity, according to Fox Weather.”
According to The Daily Mail: “Sixteen people who participated in the 13.1 mile race were taken to a hospital, according to the FDNY. Five suffered serious injuries, eight people had non-life-threatening injuries and four people sustained minor injuries.”
The Brooklyn Half Marathon requires that participants are in peak physical condition and must conform to a rigorous pacing schedule.
“Members of the NYRR Pace Team will be on hand to guide participants toward specific goal times over the 13.1 miles,” the RBC Brooklyn Half website states. “Pace Team members will lead groups at various paces between 6:06 per mile and 13:45 per mile (between a 1:20:00 finish and a 3:00:00 finish).”
All Brooklyn Half participants must declare that they have been vaccinated for Covid-19, the official websites makes clear.