Deaths In Marathon Races

Deaths In Marathon Races

Death – Many deaths come from cancer and heart disease and least from running.

By Rameshon
My own perception and experience – Heat Stress – One of the reason for death

Study done in Singapore shows that people generally die of cancer, which has the highest rate, and from coronary heart disease, the second highest, overall. .   

In a press statement on 15th April 2014, by Health Promotion Board, it stated
that the National Health Survey showed that 1.7million Singaporeans are having a
Body Mass Index (BMI) of 23 and above. It was also stated that these people are
vulnerable in getting obesity-related diseases like diabetes and heart

That means many will die through cancer and heart disease and the chances of
dying from running a race is much less. The important thing to do is to do some
prevention strategies to avoid the situation of risk of athletes dying from taking place.

In my experience, from the past, I have heard of people dying from marathon. A few years
back, when I ran the London Marathon, the weather went to 23 degrees
centigrade. It was also tough for me and Daniel Ling, an athlete whom I was training at that time (local first in Standard Chartered Marathon 2007), who was also my
working colleague. We found that an athlete actually died while
crossing the finishing line of the London Marathon. It was a sad incident for us.

In 2014, just recently, another man also died while crossing the finish line of London
Marathon. The weather was at 11 degrees when the race started and became
slightly warmer over time. 

Somewhere in the early 1980s, I myself have been hospitalised by running in race
which was hot and humid and I collapsed when it was towards the finish. My whole
body was going through a cramp situation. I was unconscious at first and then
conscious when I was in the ambulance. 

In the hospital, I was not able to move my body for 2 days. I was given
sodium through intravenous (IV) so that I do not suffer from hyponatremia. I
believe that I had low level of sodium in my body. I was told to go home on the
third day. 

From then on, I was very particular of not getting myself dehydrated running
in a hot and humid climatic condition.  The
athletes whom I have trained from past to present also did not face this type of problem as I would always
advice them on hydration a day before the race and on the day of the race. I would advice the public to do likewise to avoid any form of heat stress and the chance of dying.

For race organizers it is important to put races in cooler conditions so
that the athletes reduce the  risk of
dying greatly and it also enables one to enhance performance in their timing. This needs
‘the extra mile’ effort by the race organizers. 

Anyway, there may be other reasons for death that can take place and I would
like to discuss this on my future blog post. 

Nevertheless, my message to one looking to be healthy is to not worry too
much about death and to be informed on risk of cancer, heart disease and
inactivity could do and make a wise decision on keeping oneself fit and strong
by exercising to lessen the chance of death. 

As for the marathon runner, it is wise to take precautionary
measures so that one could avoid death to the best of one’s ability. I hope
that the future blog post will suggest one to make informed choices on their
health before they embark on exercise programmes or to run any distance which
is of endurance nature.

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