BROOKLYN (WABC) – A man died after falling to the finish line of the Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday.

Police say a 30-year-old man from Brooklyn crashed to the finish line in Coney Island and was taken to Coney Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The man was a participant in the race.

It is unclear whether the heat was a factor, police believe he may have had a heart attack.

New York Road Runners released the following statement:

We are deeply saddened by the fact that one participant left the 2022 RBC Brooklyn Half. Our thoughts and sympathies with the runner’s family and their loved ones.

The man, who is a runner, 30, got lost after the race. He was immediately treated by medical staff and then taken to Coney Island Hospital. NYRR has medical staff located from start to finish throughout the race track who are ready to respond immediately to the medical needs of all runners, spectators, volunteers and staff. Runners who require extra attention are transferred to appropriate medical facilities.

The health and safety of our runners, volunteers, partners and staff remain a top priority for the NYRR. In coordination and consultation with city agency partners and weather experts, the NYRR closely monitored weather conditions before and during the race. Throughout the race the weather temperatures ranged from the low 60s to the high 70s.

The FDNY said the ambulance provided assistance to 17 people, one refused medical care and another 16 were taken to hospital, five of them in critical condition.

More than 22,000 runners were expected to run from Prospect Park to Coney Island waterfront in Saturday’s half marathon, which returned to full capacity for the first time in three years.

As of south in Brooklyn, temperatures had exceeded 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26.7 degrees Celsius). The heat warning, which warns that hot temperatures and high humidity can cause heat, remains in effect throughout New York City until 8 p.m. Saturday.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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