Tim Gerspacher, a 40-year-old New Yorker with two marathons under his belt, could see the finish line for the New York City Marathon last November and was elated.
“It was the best race I had ever run in my life,” he said.
Then he collapsed.
Gerspacher tried to collect himself and attempt a few more steps but passed out. He woke up minutes later in a medical tent.
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A day after ending up in the medical tent, he was hospitalized with severe kidney failure. Gerspacher said doctors told him that if he had delayed going to the hospital for another day, he probably would have died.
The rest of the article is about why people don’t finish the marathon, but the unanswered question is why do people want to run 26 miles in the first place? It's not good for your health. It's some kind of stupid SWPL thing. See my post on marathon running, the sport that kills.