Las Vegas runner who collapsed at Sunday's race dies


A Las Vegas resident who collapsed near the end of Sunday’s Rock 'n’ Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon died Tuesday at an undisclosed local hospital.

Eric Reitman, 32, who has competed in several other local races over the past year, received immediate medical attention near the half-marathon finish line at Mandalay Bay, according to witnesses who requested anonymity.

Those witnesses said he was then transported to the hospital.

San Diego-based Competitor Group, in its first year as owner of the event that drew more than 27,000 participants, issued a statement Tuesday evening.

“We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy,” said Dr. Lewis Maharam, medical director for the Rock 'n’ Roll Marathon Series.

“On behalf of everyone involved with the event, our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to the participant’s family and friends. We have spoken with the family, and they have asked for their privacy during this difficult time.”

Although sources said Reitman collapsed before finishing the half-marathon, race results showed him completing the event in 2 hours, 13 minutes, 45 seconds.

All entrants have a chip attached to their shoelace that automatically activates when they cross the start line and the finish line, and the chip also logs splits throughout the course.

Reitman’s chip likely logged his time as he was transported to the ambulance near the finish line.

 

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