Man dies after Little Rock Marathon

Posted on March 9, 2008 by

Wisconsin man dies after marathon

Sun Mar 2, 10:00 PM ET

A 27-year-old Wisconsin man collapsed and died Sunday after completing the Little Rock Marathon.


Adam Nickel, of Madison, Wis., was pronounced dead late Sunday morning near the finish line of the race, which attracted about 9,000 entrants, race officials said.


Emergency personal used mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to try to revive Nickel until an ambulance arrived with a defibrillator. He could not be revived and was pronounced dead after being taken to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Hospital.


The medical director of the marathon, Dr. Kent Davidson, said at a news conference that no determination had been made yet on what caused Nickel’s death.


“He died at UAMS in the emergency department,” Davidson said. “We never (detected) a heart rhythm the whole time we tried to resuscitate him.”


Temperatures Sunday morning during the running of the race ranged from the high 50s during the early miles up to the mid-60s by late morning, according to the National Weather Service.


“The members of the Little Rock Marathon Committee would like to offer our condolences and prayers to (Nickel’s) family and friends,” race director Gina Marchese-Pharis said in a news release.


Sunday’s race was the sixth running of the Little Rock Marathon. Nickel’s death was the first in the history of the event.


Posted in: Marathons, USA