NYC Triathlon Announces Death Of Competitor Sunday

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — One person has died and another is in critical condition after getting in trouble during the swimming portion of the Nautica New York City Triathlon.

Race Director Bill Burke said in a statement that the 64-year-old man died in Sunday’s race, and a 40-year-old woman was in critical condition.

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“The male was immediately treated by on-site emergency medical staff and transported to Roosevelt Hospital. The female athlete was also immediately treated on-site by emergency medical staff before she was transported to Roosevelt Hospital,” he said.

“On behalf of all of us in the triathlon community, our thoughts and prayers are with the athletes and their loved ones,” Burke added.

Participants in the yearly race swim 1.5 kilometers in the Hudson River, bike 40 kilometers and run 10 kilometers.

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  • flyboy

    58 year old Triathlete here and we swim bike and run in temps over 110 F in Vegas. I’ve done Iron Man distance Tri’s, full marathons, and Century Bike rides (over 100 miles) and feel strong as I did in high school, maybe stronger.

  • Mirabent

    As a 51 Triathlete that has competed at all distances including Ironman I will tell you that there are much older Atheletes that can kick my butt and many younger atheletes that don’t even finish. Yes age takes its toll but it only slows us down. There are High School and College football payers that drop dead on the field every year. These people were adults and they took a risk and it did not turn out well. Everytime I hit the water I think about this.

    Ps I LOVE NYC but I would never swim in the Hudson.

  • Jan

    Old Goats vapor-lock all the time on these triathalons…and on Marathons, too.

  • R H

    “your a true idiot.”

    Oh, the irony…

  • MacMadame

    Plenty of younger athletes die during the swim. It’s the part of the race where cardiac arrest is more likely to happen and sometimes it turns out the people who died had undiagnosed heart conditions.

    I’m guessing DR. MENGLE is a young adult who thinks anyone over the age of 35 is ancient and shouldn’t do anything fun. As a 50-something triathlete whose cardiologist said my heart was made to exercise, I find his comments amusingly naive.

    • Steve

      Mac Madame is correct. Mengle has no knowleged of what people are capable of if properly trained. Especticaly the fact that he thinks that a 40 year old is on the border of being too old. Mengle should stop beeliveing the ideas preeched in the movie Logan’s Run.

  • 41 year old woman

    And what have you done lately but sit at your computer spewing hatred? At least these athletes had some goals! Have you never heard of perfectly healthy 19 year olds dropping dead during a race? It happens. So before you judge someone, get off your butt and do something meaningful.

  • icycleoc

    Be careful what you say about us older athletes. There are still some of us around who can compete at a very high level.

  • Steve Johnson

    They very carefully and repeatedly test the water before the race and the race management will cancel the swim portion of the race if there is a pollution issue. The water tests were all good, and pollution was not the issue regarding these participants.


      methinks the guy being 64 had something to do with this no the water


      methinks the guy being 64 had something to do with this not the water

  • emh

    wasnt the hudson just polluted??????

    • karlson

      The Hudson was just polluted. But it was also polluted before it was polluted. You might as well swim in a cesspool or a sewage treatment plant. Would eat fish that swim or spawn in the Hudson?

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