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.

Contact reporter Alex Macon at 409-683-5241 or alex.macon@galvnews.com.

(9) comments

Kevin Lang

My condolences to her family and friends. It's hard to explain what drives us runners, and the enjoyment we get from our events. I'm really sorry that she didn't get the opportunity to share her accomplishment with her love ones.

Steve Fouga

Well said, kevjlang. I second your sentiments, though I'm not a runner. Cycling isn't as hard, but the concept of trying as hard as you can to accomplish something difficult, and doing it for FUN, is the same.

Kevin Lang

Jake, I agree. As a cyclist myself, I understand that drive, too. It would probably suffice to say that most of us have some inner drive that gets us to accomplish things that others wouldn't consider.

Rauline Vanda

I read on social media that she just had her bachelorette party the night before and even ran in a wedding veil. God Bless Her Soul,Family, & Friends. Prayers to All.

George Croix

Condolences to the family.
You just never know what will happen.
I've personally known a baker's dozen of young people (40-ish and less) who just suddenly died, including my own father.
It has to be especially hard for folks when so unexpected.

JBG JBG

The anchor holds
Though the ship is battered
The anchor holds
Though the sails are torn
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I have fallen on my knees
As I faced the raging seas
The anchor holds
In spite of the storm
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I have been young
But I am older now
And there has been beauty
These eyes have seen
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But it was in the night
Through the storms of my life
Oh, that's where God proved
His love to me
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The anchor holds
Though the ship's been battered
The anchor holds
Though the sails are torn
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I have fallen on my knees
As I faced the raging seas
The anchor holds
In spite of the storm
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I have fallen on my knees
As I faced the raging seas
The anchor holds
In spite of the storm
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I pray that the Lord hold this family in their hour of burden. I pray that he strengthen them where they are weak, and build them up where they are torn down. I leave this family with something Jesus told his disciples after eating the last supper:
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" Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27
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"You have my sympathies, blessings on all of you!"
------JBG

Andy Aycoth

GDN , going to release cause of death and contributing factors if any ? Maybe it can be prevented in the future .I run and would like to know .

Kelly Campbell

Her local paper in OK cited a congenital heart defect that could not have been found with regular medical screening.

Andy Aycoth

So Doctors feeding them that info . ? I believe Doctors as much as as I do the man on the street begging for food.

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