Sat. Jan 16th, 2021

Two Oceans Marathon runner aged 35 dies during event

Two oceans runner diesA male runner collapsed on the course of the Two Oceans marathon and could not be revived by paramedics.

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Two Oceans Marathon organisers confirmed the death of a 35-year-old male runner on Saturday afternoon.

South Africa’s second most prominent Ultra marathon was run on Saturday morning with Bongumusa Mthembu winning the men’s race with a time of
3:08:40 but amidst the glory there was also heartache.

A male runner who hails from Cape Town but can, as yet, not be named collapsed on the course and paramedics were not able to revive him. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

The runner in question was entered into the half marathon section of the Two Oceans event.

A brief statement from the ultra marathon’s organizers: “As we conclude the 2019 edition of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, we confirm the sad news that a 35-year-old male runner from Cape Town who collapsed in the race today and attempts by paramedics to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. 

“Unfortunately he passed away. The deceased runner was participating in his fourth half marathon and an avid runner.

The route of the ultra marathon event had to be changed due to the threat of protest action a day before the event. SAPS believed there was a credible safety threat posed by potential protest action.

The event started on Newlands Main Road and concluded 56km later on the University of Cape Town’s fields.

The jury is still out on whether marathons are detrimental to the health of runners who take part. A study conducted by Liverpool John Moores University suggests that runners of ultra marathons risk doing damage to their heart.

Another study, conducted by the Federation University in Australia suggests that runners of marathons, on average, have a biological age that is sixteen years younger than their chronological age.

Individuals with compromised health are actively discouraged from taking part. Even the common cold or flu can pose the potential risk of dangerous complications in someone competing in an ultra marathon.

The deceased runners medical history is not known to us and we cannot speculate on the actual cause of death.

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