On Sunday, a mother of three from Pennsylvania died shortly after finishing the Scranton Half Marathon.
According to a statement from Timothy Rowland, the Lackawanna County Coroner, 36 year old Lindsay Doherty died shortly after completing the 13.1-mile race.
A tragic situation:
In a statement, the Scranton Half Marathon Committee said: “Despite immediate medical intervention by our onsite doctors and EMS crew, she died in the Geisinger Community Medical Center emergency room after resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.”
“While we painstakingly prepare in advance for situations like this, we are saddened when an actual emergency occurs and the outcome is not favorable. This is a difficult and tragic situation and on behalf of the race committee and all of the runners who participated today, we extend our deepest sympathies and ask everyone to keep this family in their thoughts and prayers,” the committee added.
The annual race, which is currently in its fourth year, was attended by over 2,000 runners.
Hopefully the autopsy, which is scheduled on Monday, will shed some light to what happened to Doherty.
Doherty was “quite the runner,” she ran the same race last year and she had been training for at least six months for this year’s race, according to her pastor Monsignor Neil J. Van Loon of the St. Paul’s Parish in Scranton.
Van Loon said that Doherty was an active member of the community who actively participated in fundraising for Catholic education. He said “She made a great impact and was a multi-talented, beautiful, loving young woman who hit all the right notes.”
Doherty’s three children are all under 6. They, along with her husband, are are “in shock as anyone could expect,” according to Van Loon.
He added: “She was a real star for us and her passing has diminished us all. It will take us a long time to overcome her loss.”
Marathon deaths have occurred in recent years despite the fact that they are not common.
During the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 2014, two men died.
While in 2015, a 32-year-old mother of four finished the Palmetto Half Marathon in Columbia, South Carolina, and died right after.
Tuesday is the day chosen for Doherty’s funeral.