Memphis police have identified the runner who collapsed and then died after she ran the St. Jude half marathon. Molly Trauernicht, 32, from St. Louis, Missouri. Molly was aking part in the St. Jude Memphis Marathon on Saturday morning when she collapsed after completing the half-marathon at the finish line at AutoZone Park. She was attended to by race medical professionals before being rushed to Methodist University Hospital where she was pronounced dead.. This is the first death in the 8 year history of the marathon, and the first in 30 years of marathons in the city of Memphis. Memphis, offers sympathy to her family.

Here come the question…Who can sue? When a marathon runner dies during a race, it’s a huge problem. Runners from all over attend these events making the fitness craze more popular. Then the unexpected happens, heart problem, collapsing, lung failure, DEATH. Endurance races such as marathons can overly stress the heart and if you are not fit, you’re in real trouble.

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Participating in a marathon (and ultramarathon), whether running or walking, has inherent risks involved and could potentially be considered a hazardous activity. Not only the numerous injuries that you may incur by training and running in these events, but past history has shown that some runners  have died during and upon completion of a marathon.  The Marathon are not responsible for any injuries or deaths. You must have medical clearance from your doctor before you engage in any exercise program and are properly trained before participating in these types of events.

Molly is not alone in the list of Marathon Deaths, Erik Wellumson played football for years and was in good shape to run the Rock ‘n ‘ Roll Half Marathon September 6, 2009, the 23-year-old collapsed on the Boardwalk during the 13.1-mile race. Paramedics tried to revive him before taking him to a hospital, where he died and later died. Two runners in their mid-30s died during San Jose’s popular Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon on Sunday October 5, 2009. Brandon Whitehurst, 35, of Antioch and Rose Lo, 34, of South San Francisco. It was the fourth annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon held in San Jose. Jim Fixx, 52, a celebrated runner who wrote “The Complete Book of Running,” died in 1984 of arteriosclerosis the arteries’ walls become clogged and thickened, causing less blood to flow through them. In 2007, 28-year-old Ryan Shay died while competing in the U.S. Olympic marathon trials. His death was attributed to an irregular heartbeat. Fenlon, a 26-year-old from Waterford was planning to tackle his first half-marathon with his girlfriend, Danielle, and her mother. Fenlon was an athlete who played soccer and worked out constantly, but shortly after finishing the race’s 13.1 miles, Fenlon collapsed after crossing the finish line and later died. That save marathon, Daniel Langdon, 36, of Laingsburg, Mich., was between the 11- and 12-mile mark at a fluid station around 9:02 a.m. when he collapsed; he later died. And Rick Brown, 65, of Marietta, Ohio, also was between the 11th mile and 12th mile near Michigan Avenue and Third when he collapsed around 9:17 a.m., hit his head on the pavement and later died. Brown was a longtime member of the West Virginia-based River City Runners & Walkers Club, started running about 30 years ago. He also ran several times weekly. All three men were running the 13.1-mile half-marathon and had signed medical release forms, a standard procedure for most races.

Being able to run 26.2 miles does not mean you’re in optimal health. Marathoners who die training or on the race course usually make headlines because these tragedies seem so unusual. Don’t assume that you can eat or drink whatever you want because running will burn off the calories, diets rich in saturated fat can lead to heart problems further down the road. It’s obvious that running affects the heart, but did you know that running can actually increase the size of the heart? Hearts can enlarge when an athlete is engaged in serious physical training. The body compensates for the increased amount of blood it needs to pump throughout the body by increasing the size of the organ where it originates. Enlarged hearts can lead to arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, which can, in turn, lead to heart failure. Studies have shown 1 in every 50,000 to 88,000 marathon finishers die during or after a race, according to Runner’s World, a leading industry magazine. Researchers analyzed the blood of marathon runners less than 24 hours after they had finished a race. They found abnormally high levels of inflammatory and clotting factors of the kind that are known to set the stage for heart attacks. Another rare but potentially fatal condition is hyponatremia. This occurs when runners drink too much water while racing. Your body loses sodium when you sweat, and drinking too much water depletes your sodium even further because you release it through urination. If you take in too much fluid, your muscles can’t coordinate the proper electrical transmissions with your heart, resulting in a sudden cardiac arrest.

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