Brooklyn half-marathoner dies after collapsing at finish line

A 32-year-old man collapsed and died Saturday after completing a Brooklyn half marathon in abnormally hot temperatures.

Fifteen other marathon runners were hospitalized, New York firefighters told local media, including the New York Times. According to the FDNY, four of those hospitalized were in serious condition while others had minor injuries.

The New York Police Department said that David Reichman has passed away after race officials announced a man had collapsed around 9am shortly after crossing the finish line. He was later pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital. The cause of death remains pending medical examination.

Race organizer New York Road Runners told The Times it was unclear whether the heat played a role in the man’s death. According to the Times, NYRR warned attendees ahead of time to be aware of heat issues.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of a participant following the RBC Brooklyn Half 2022,” a NYRR statement read.

Temperatures reached the 80s in New York on Saturday as the city saw its first May heat advisory in 16 years. According to the Times, temperatures were in the low 60s when the half marathon started at 7 a.m. and had reached the low 70s by 11 a.m. when the death was reported. Relative humidity reached 97% in New York during the race, according to the National Weather Service.

NYRR told the New York Post in a statement that safety was a top concern for race organizers and the man who died received immediate medical attention at the scene after collapsing.

“The health and safety of our riders, volunteers, partners and staff remains NYRR’s top priority. In coordination and consultation with city agency partners and weather experts, NYRR was closely monitoring weather conditions before and during the race,” the statement reads.

According to the Times, Saturday’s death was the first in the race since a 31-year-old runner died after crossing the finish line in 2014.