WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A female runner died after collapsing during the 42nd annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon on Sunday.
- Taylor Ceepo, 22, a Walsh University graduate was pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to local media.
- The temperature in Cleveland was warmer than average but according to Fox8 Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson said there is not yet a “definitive cause” of death for Ceepo.
A 22-year-old marathon runner has died after collapsing during the Cleveland Marathon on Sunday, according to authorities.
Taylor Ceepo, a Walsh University graduate, was less than a mile from the finish line when she suddenly collapsed. She was declared dead on arrival at a nearby local hospital, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center spokesman George Stamatis told CNN.
According to Stamatis, healthcare providers at the University Hospitals treated about 60-70 people at the marathon. The temperature in the city reaches 80 degrees, warmer than usual, in the morning of the marathon.
The Cleveland Marathon tweeted the sad news the same day, writing: “It is with deep sadness that we can confirm that a female runner collapsed during the race this morning. We are looking into the situation further, but our thoughts and prayers are first and foremost with her family during this difficult time.”
Ceepo was a university athlete — a member of the women’s soccer team at Walsh.
The athletics department also took to Twitter, saying: “It is with great sadness that our Walsh family has lost one of our own, Taylor Ceepo, too soon.”
The university’s Facebook page announced that Ceepo died after participating in the marathon. She was a member of the class of 2019.
Ceepo from Medina, Ohio went to St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron in high school. The school held a mass for their alumna Monday morning while Walsh held one on Sunday.
Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson said there is not yet a “definitive cause” of death for Ceepo, according to Fox8 Cleveland.
Gilson told the network: “The preliminary investigation into the death of Taylor Ceepo did not disclose a definitive cause of death. Further testing and a review of medical history will be conducted in an attempt to establish a cause of death, which may take on the order of weeks.”