Good news: 100-year-old becomes world’s oldest marathon runner; Bad news: Runner, 27, dies in waterfront marathon
Mere seconds from completing the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday, a 27-year-old man collapsed and died just short of the finish line.
The half-marathon runner had just 300 metres to go when he dropped near the intersection of King and Wellington streets at 11:15 a.m. and never got up, race organizers say. He was transported to hospital “with no vital signs,” the race’s medical director Bruce Minnes said in an emailed statement, but not before a bystander rushed in to help by administering CPR with the help of the Marathon’s first responder units. Their efforts to revive him failed.
But there was indeed joy at the race’s finish despite the runner’s tragic death. 100-year-old Fauja Singh of India broke a record Sunday, becoming the world’s oldest marathon runner when he crossed the finish line approximately eight hours after his start. The centarian’s feat will go down in the Guinness Book of World Records. Kenyan Kenneth Mungara won his fourth consecutive marathon title, finishing the race in two hours, nine minutes and 51 seconds — the time it takes many runners to complete the half marathon. (Photo: CNW Group/Scotiabank)