INFORUM.com | WDAZ.com

WDAY: The News Leader

Published October 09, 2011, 05:36 PM

Chicago marathoner dies after collapsing in race

CHICAGO — A 35-year-old Chicago Marathon runner collapsed during the race and died about two hours later, officials said.

CHICAGO — A 35-year-old Chicago Marathon runner collapsed during the race and died about two hours later, officials said.

William Caviness, a firefighter from Greensboro, N.C., collapsed 500 yards from the finish line.

The cause of death was unknown, pending an autopsy.

Caviness, married with two children, was the captain of a fire engine crew for the Greensboro Fire Department, said Dave Coker, the president of the city's firefighters' union.

He was running to raise money for the International Association of Fire Fighters Burn Foundation, which coordinates fire prevention efforts and supports burn victims. Before the race, he raised $2,475, well beyond his $2,000 goal, according to the Web site tracking his effort.

Sudden cardiac arrest in marathons affects 1 in 100,000 to 1 in 120,000 runners, according to George Chiampas, medical director of the Chicago marathon.

"We know where these types of incidents occur," Chiampas said. "Because of that, we stage a large number of medical personnel in that final half-mile to mile as well as the finish line area. So there were five to six emergency medical physicians as well as EMS response 25 to 30 meters away from this individual. There was a response within seconds."

Tags: