Runners Who Died During Philadelphia Marathon Identified

Philadelphia (CBS) – Two runners died during the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday morning.

Authorities say 40-year-old G. Chris Gleason of Clifton Park, New York collapsed a quarter mile from the finish line. A spokesperson for the University of Pennsylvania confirmed the 21-year-old victim was senior John Lee, a nursing and business major from California who was competing in the half-marathon.

“He was the kindest person I knew,” said Yang Hu, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania who had known Lee for about a year.

Both runners were taken to Hahnemann University Hospital where they were pronounced dead. It is believed Lee suffered an apparent heart attack. Authorities say the exact cause of Gleason’s death will not be known for another week.

Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend Executive Director Melanie Johnson said, “We are deeply saddened and our thoughts are with their families and friends.”

Fire officials say at least 10 others were rushed to the hospital by ambulance, and the extent of their injuries and current status is unknown.

At least 25,000 participants, along with 60,000 spectators turned out the for the 18th annual race.

Reported By Stasia DeMarco,; Mike Dougherty, KYW Newsradio

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  • Doc

    I wonder was there enough medical coverage there,was Philly Fire Medics and TJUH Medics around ?

    • SpiderMedic

      Two years ago a young man died at a race in the care of JeffSTAT and Philly Fire. They were fighting over who was in charge ! The program director for JeffSTAT was on-scene.

  • ebony

    Sorry…was responding to lil comment forgot go send my condolences to family and friends…i was there cheering for them and saw amazing people

  • george

    God, please bless the families.

  • lil

    everybody complaining about overweight….my grandparents lived to be in their late 80’s and they were both “fat”….never exercised…everyone was fat then…and they all had good quality of life and ate EVERYTHING…now, it’s a competition on who can be the skinniest person in the hood…and it looks abnormal to be sooooo skinny and RUN…my opinion is they are RUNNING FROM something in their lives….NOT healthy reasons…i live above someone who looks like DEATH but runs on the treadmill like an idiot disturbing everyone to look like hell…and gossips about anyone over 100 lbs…NOW 2 people at least are dead at 21 and 40 years old…………….NOT NORMAL !!!!!!!!!

    • ebony

      Well that is lucky for you…however in the African American population, alot of younger people in their 30’s are dying from heart attacks, diabetes attacks and a host of other ailments that plague obese people. This is why people are urged to stay afloat in regards to health. Eating that pizza and drinking soda might b ok in your 20’s…but in your 50s..i don’t think so.

      • Awaiting Mo der ation Too

        Dying in their 30’s with 12 pieces of rott en cro tch fruit for us to support.

    • unclebob108

      I know the 21-year old; he was my son’s current roommate in college. He was a wonderful young man and totally fit and very athletic. We are all very devastated at this tragedy. I think if you don’t know the facts you should keep your comments to yourself.

      • TJ

        Being underweight can put serious strain in the heart..

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