Runner Dies at Dallas White Rock Marathon
Runner dies at Dallas White Rock Marathon
10:44 PM CST on Sunday, December 14, 2008
By WFAA-TV and The Dallas Morning News Reports
DALLAS - A 29-year-old female runner collapsed during the Dallas White Rock Marathon this afternoon and died, authorities said.
Just five miles away from the finish line, Erin Lahr of Austin collapsed at the 21-mile mark on Empire Road in the Lakewood area. She was transported to Baylor Medical University Center in Dallas where she was pronounced dead at 11:51 a.m.
Her cause of death had not been determined, according to the Dallas County medical examiner's office.
"This isn't a good feeling," said Marcus Grunewald, the race's director.
While organizers provided water throughout the route, crews treated dozens of people for dehydration.
Chuck Dannis, the White Rock Marathon president, said the 20-degree increase in temperature and strong winds likely contributed to the troubles along the marathon.
"I think what happened is people weren't trained for the hot weather," he said. "I think that was a surprise to most people who ran."
The winner, Henry Serem of Kenya, finished in just over two hours, which was the slowest winning time in six years.
"[It] should have been a piece of cake, but it wasn't," said Marci Goldberg, a 24-year-old runner.
While Goldberg has completed the White Rock Marathons twice, she said she couldn't make it to the finish line this year. She ended up being one of several runners who were hospitalized for dehydration.
"Personally, for me, it's a lot easier when it's 45 degrees," she said. "It was kind of scary. Little disappointed I didn't finish, but I know I did the right thing."
WFAA-TV's Jonathan Betz and The Dallas Morning News' Dan X. McGraw contributed to this report
Race and hospital report to come...