Runner collapses, dies after half-marathon in San Francisco

A 35-year-old half runner collapsed and died at the finish line of the Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon on Sunday morning, according to eyewitness reports.

The male runner reportedly completed the 13.1 mile race. Police are not releasing the identity of the runner, only saying he is from Orinda, according to KTVU.

Runner Caitlin Minville said the man had collapsed before she crossed the line and he had five race volunteers giving him CPR long before medical personnel or an ambulance were called to assist.

“It was intense,” she said. “You sign a waiver before the race saying you won’t hold organizers responsible if something happens, but at the same time you expect some level of professional safety at the end of the line.”

An estimated 10,000 runners participated in the event. Temperatures reached the mid-70s in The City on Sunday, setting a record for the day. The course winds through Golden Gate Park and Great Highway.

Race organizers and police did not immediately respond to calls from The San Francisco Examiner.

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