Man dies at Alcatraz triathlon has become a trending topic on major search engines tonight as Fox News reported this Sunday, March 3, that a man reportedly died of a heart attack over the weekend near the start of the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, said officials from the race.
Under the title, “Texas man dies during first leg of Alcatraz race,” sources announced this week a tragic story of a Texas man, 46, who appears to have died from a heart attack in the freezing waters of the San Francisco Bay just after the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon began.
"We have reason to believe the gentleman suffered from a massive cardiac event as he entered the water and began the swim," race officials said in a statement.
Although the race was actually held earlier than usual and thus in much colder waters, organizers of the event said that the temperature of the Bay didn’t have any effect on the death.
"Was it colder than normal? Yes. But in my opinion, the water temperature was not a factor at all in this tragedy," Bill Burke, the race's director, said to the San Francisco Chronicle. "The gentleman obviously had a heart condition he was unaware of."
The man dies at Alcatraz triathlon headline is particularly notable as the individual’s death is actually the first in the triathlon’s history of 33 years. It consists of a swim, a bike ride, and finally a run of nearly 30 miles in total.
Although the man was quickly pulled out of the water after race officials noticed something was wrong, medical specialists on site were unable to revive him.
"What happened today was very, very sad," Burke said. "It underscores that athletes need to be checked carefully by a cardiologist before pushing themselves."