GALVESTON — A young woman died Sunday after collapsing at the finish line of the Run Like a Diva half marathon in downtown Galveston, medical personnel and race organizers said.
Organizers of the half marathon did not release the runner’s name, age or cause of death out of respect for her family’s privacy. They said in a statement the woman collapsed at about 9:45 a.m. and was later pronounced dead at the University of Texas Medical Branch.
After she collapsed, medical personnel responded immediately and treated the runner for full cardiac arrest, said Tommy Lee of Galveston Emergency Medical Services.
First responders were unable to revive her, and she was transferred to the emergency room at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Lee said.
“It’s a horrible thing,” he said.
The half marathon started at about 7 a.m. Sunday. The start and finish lines were near Saengerfest Park, with a loop course route taking runners through downtown Galveston, along Seawall Boulevard and onto East Beach.
Water was served at the start and finish lines and at eight stations spread across the course, according to the Run Like a Diva website. Medical stations were also placed along the course and at the finish line.
Runners shared their thoughts and prayers on Run Like a Diva’s online social media account Monday.
Tragedy struck two other races Sunday — two runners died close to the finish line of a half marathon in Raleigh, N.C., and a 42-year-old man died at the finish line of the London Marathon, according to news reports.