Racer collapses at Naples half marathon

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NAPLES, Fla. – A 60-year-old racer was sent to the hospital Sunday, after he collapsed near the finish line.

Naples Fire Chief Stephen McInerny said the man collapsed face first on the pavement just before 9 a.m. during the Naples half marathon. McInerny said the man had a cardiac event, but thanks to the quick work of paramedics, fire fighters and EMT he survived.

“This patient is alive today due to the efforts of several city staff including Bradie Allen, but most importantly due to the efforts of our firefighter/paramedics who have the ability to provide the highest level of emergency medical care available in Collier County and work collectively with Collier County EMS day in and day out,” said Chief McInerny.

At this point, the man has not been identified.

The Naples Half Marathon started at 7 a.m. Sunday at Cambier Park in Olde Naples.

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