November 03, 2007

Marathoner Ryan Shay Dies During Olympic Trials: Runner Ryan Shay, a four-time national champion in distance running events, collapsed and died during the U.S. Olympic Team marathon trials today in New York's Central Park. He was 28. New York Road Runners profiled Shay before the race, describing his training regimen of running 145 miles a week at 7,000 feet during the preceding month. "Competition brings out the best in me," he told an interviewer. "I love this sport."

posted by rcade to other at 02:40 PM - 4 comments

Very sad. I expect he'll be yet another athlete with an undiagnosed heart defect.:(

posted by Drood at 05:35 PM on November 03, 2007

Good observation Drood. Mr. Shay's death and the circumstances under which it happened must be extrodinarily shocking for his bride, parents and other people that experienced his presence on earth. I am sure that there are medical scientists working to understand why people in tip top physical condition die suddenly. What they have learned and will learn from the death of people like Mr. Shay will advance medical treatment for the rest of us.

posted by Cave_Man at 07:16 PM on November 03, 2007

This is a tragedy. To die doing something you love is real tough. My prayers go out for the family and friends

posted by Awwgood at 03:07 AM on November 05, 2007

Shay had an enlarged heart diagnosed at age 14, but had been cleared to compete. The condition may have contributed to his success as a runner. From everything I've read about this guy, he would've been a long-distance runner even if he had foreknowledge it would kill him.

posted by rcade at 07:18 AM on November 05, 2007

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