A 30-year-old man died near the finish line of the RBC Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday as New Yorkers headed to Coney Island Beach on the hottest May day ever recorded in the Northeast region.
The runner, who has yet to be identified, collapsed shortly before 9 a.m. close to the finish line in Coney Island as temperatures soared from below 60F at dawn to nearly 80 degrees by morning, with New York City expected to see a high of 93F on Saturday, the New York Times reported.
He and five other runners participating in the 13.1 mile race were hospitalized and taken to Coney Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Three of the other runners were listed in serious condition, while the remaining two were reported with minor injuries, the New York Fire Department said.
While race organizers warned participants of the heat advisory in place for New York, the first one in 16 years, it is not yet clear if the heat led to the death and injuries, officials said.
The death at today’s Brooklyn Half Marathon was the first time since 2014 where a participant in a half-marathon died in the city.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams had also issued a warning about Saturday’s heat, saying beaches are still closed and asking residents to check up on neighbors.
Paramedics made their way through a crowd of runners at the RBC Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday after a man died near the finish line and five others were hospitalized
New York City Mayor Eric Adams issued a warning about Saturday’s heat, saying beaches are still closed but that did not stop Ne Yorkers from packing Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn
As New York issued its first May heat advisory in 16 years a group of beachgoers laid out on towels at Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn and tanned
New Yorkers took an opportunity to hit the beach before Memorial Day on Saturday and visited Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn
Smart beachgoers took advantage of Saturday’s record breaking heat, before thunder storms and heavy rain return to the area on Sunday
Coney Island Beach was packed on Saturday despite there being no lifeguards on duty until after Memorial Day Weekend
It cames the Tri-State area faces a heatwave, causing temperatures to soar to nearly 100F
The 30-year-old runner collapsed just a few blocks away from the finishing
Some runners required a wheelchair to get around after the marathon amid the crueling heat
But New Yorkers ignored the Mayor and just miles away from the finish line beachgoers were captured catching some rays at Coney Island Beach.
Coney Island also hosted the Kid’s Boardwalk Run on Saturday morning and the beach’s amusement park Luna Park and the aquarium were open as well.
The beach was packed with families sitting in the sand tanning and others looking for an escape from the heat and dipping in the water despite city officials begging New Yorkers to avoid the water for at least another week when lifeguards are officially on duty.
Officials also warned of dangerous riptides caused by predicted storms as well as the water still being below 70 degrees which can lead to hypothermia, CBS News reported.
But the heat is not expected to last long, with forecasters saying a second round of storms will offer some relief from the summerlike heat and have temperatures returning back to normal by Monday, Accuweather reported.
On Sunday afternoon parts of the Northeast, including New York, can expect thunder storms and heavy rain.
‘The main threat in the Northeast appears to be strong wind gusts and downpours capable of localized flooding. The threat for hail and tornadoes is less likely, but one or two tornadoes can’t be ruled out, especially in northern New England,’ AccuWeather Meteorologist Adam Sadvary said.
It comes as a heatwave travels through the East Coast, bringing record-breaking May weather that caused the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue heat advisories to more than 35 million people across multiple states.
One such area was Richmond, Virginia, where temperatures rose to a record-breaking 94F as the city holds its annual Boulder Bash, rock climbing tournament.
Temperatures are forecasted to remain at 94F by the time the competition’s finals are set tot begin at 5 p.m. EST.
Of the five others injured in the marathon, three were reported in serious condition
The incidents came as New York City was issued its first May heat advisory in 16 years
Saturday’s death marks the first time since 2014 that someone has died in a New York City half-marathon since a 31-year-old man collapsed after crossing the finish line
On Saturday Coney Island Beach was packed with families sitting in the sand tanning and others looking for an escape from the heat and dipping in the water
A beachgoer enjoys a read at Coney Island Beach on Saturday, where the city was expected to see a high of 93F
Beachgoers catch some rays on Saturday while officials warned of dangerous riptides caused by predicted storms
Triple-figure temperatures could be recorded in New Jersey Saturday afternoon, with Newark and Trenton forecasted to hit a May record-breaking 95F and 97 F, respectively.
Philadelphia is forecasted to match its all-time high 95F degree record on Saturday, with temperatures that will persist until the evening.
The same record-breaking temperature was predicted for Baltimore, where the extra humidity will make it feel like 100F, the NWS warned.
Temperatures in Baltimore are forecasted to drop to 90F by sundown, when the 147th Preakness Stakes are scheduled to take place.
While temperatures in Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York are expected to drop following thunderstorms on Sunday, the heatwave is forecasted to carry on into New England.
Boston is expected to see a high of 96F on Sunday afternoon, nearly shattering an all-time high May record of 97F set back in 1880.
Matthew Belk, a meteorologist at the NWS office in Boston, said the heat was coming sooner than usual to the Northeast as Boston usually sees 90F by June.
‘We’re definitely a little bit ahead of schedule,’ he told CNN