Runner collapses, gets CPR during Tampa 15K race

By The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. — Bystanders performed CPR on a runner whose heart stopped during a race in Tampa.

The Tampa Fire Rescue Department says the 54-year-old man collapsed while running Saturday in the 15-kilometer Gasparilla Distance Classic.

Bystanders performed CPR until two fire rescue medics could reach him and resuscitate him. Fire rescue officials say the man was talking by the time he arrived at a hospital. He also suffered facial injuries from the fall.

The runner’s name was not released.

Fire rescue officials say they received about two dozen calls during the race for heat exhaustion and minor injuries such as trips and falls.

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