Several deaths at endurance events this year have many people puzzled and worried. The most recent I’m aware of was a 35-year old firefighter at the Chicago Marathon Sunday, with autopsies inconclusive for the cause of death. This followed a heart attack death at the September Montreal Half Marathon, and a June death at the Chicago Half Marathon (heat stroke?). Two (two!) people died during the New York City Triathlon, both apparent heart attacks. I’m sure there are more out there, but in each case, seemingly fit and trained participants never finished their events.
Now these isolated incidents are scary, but statistically, we’re all still better off training and aiming for fitness. Even though any one of us could become the next fatality, the odds are slim and, our day to day life is improved through training. Stay safe.