Runner, 30, dies near Brooklyn half marathon finish line as Northeast bakes in 100°F weather
A 30-year-old man died near the finish line of the RBC Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday as the Northeast swelters in 100F weather, the hottest May day ever recorded in the region.
The runner, who has not yet been identified, collapsed shortly before 9 a.m. near the finish line in Coney Island as temperatures soared from minus 60F at sunrise to nearly 80F by morning, and the city is expected to New York will peak at 93F on Saturday, New York Times informed.
He and five other runners participating in the 13.1-mile race were hospitalized and taken to Coney Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Three of the other runners were in serious condition, while the remaining two had minor injuries, the New York Fire Department said.
While race organizers have warned participants about the heat advisory in effect for New York, the first in 16 years, it remains unclear whether the heat caused the deaths and injuries, officials said.
Saturday’s heat wave is forecast to persist through Sunday and then taper off after thunderstorms, with temperatures returning to normal on Monday.
Paramedics pushed their way through a crowd of runners at the RBC Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday after one man died near the finish line and five others were hospitalized.
Arrives the Tri-State area faces a heat wave, causing temperatures to soar to nearly 100F
The 30-year-old runner collapsed a few blocks from the finish
Some runners needed a wheelchair to get around after the marathon in the inclement heat
Today’s Brooklyn Half Marathon death was the first time since 2014 that a half marathon participant has died in the city.
New York Mayor Eric Adams also issued a warning about Saturday’s heat, saying beaches are still closed and asking residents to keep an eye on neighbors.
It comes as a heat wave travels across the East Coast, bringing record-setting weather in May that prompted the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue heat advisories to more than 35 million people in multiple states.
One such area was Richmond, Virginia, where temperatures soared to a record 94F when the city holds its annual Boulder Bash rock climbing tournament.
Temperatures are forecast to remain at 94F by the time the competition finals begin at 5 pm EST.
Triple-digit temperatures could be seen in New Jersey on Saturday afternoon, with Newark and Trenton forecast to hit a May record high of 95F and 97F, respectively.
Philadelphia is forecast to match its all-time high of 95 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday, with temperatures lingering into the evening.
The same record high temperature is forecast for Baltimore, where the added humidity will make it feel like 100F, the NWS warned.
Temperatures in Baltimore are forecast to drop to 90F by sunset, when the 147th Preakness Stakes is scheduled to take place.
Of the other five injured in the marathon, three are reported in serious condition
The incidents came as New York City received its first May heat advisory in 16 years.
Saturday’s death marks the first time since 2014 that someone has died at a New York City half marathon since a 31-year-old man collapsed after crossing the finish line.
While temperatures in Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York are expected to drop after thunderstorms on Sunday, the heat wave is expected to continue in New England.
Boston is expected to hit a high of 96F on Sunday afternoon, nearly breaking a May all-time high of 97F set in 1880.
Matthew Belk, a meteorologist with the NWS office in Boston, said the heat was arriving earlier than usual in the Northeast, as Boston typically sees 90F in June.
“We’re definitely a little bit ahead of schedule,” he said. CNN