Man dies at Toronto marathon

Fauja Singh crosses the finish line at the 22nd annual Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in...

Fauja Singh crosses the finish line at the 22nd annual Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in Toronto October 15th, 2011 in a chip time of 8:11:05 (averaging 11:59 per/km over the 42km.) (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)

Jenny Yuen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:38 AM ET

TORONTO -- A 26-year-old man has died while running the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Sunday.

The man collapsed along the route around 11:15 a.m., according to Toronto Emergency Medical Services.

"He was (vital signs absent) and transported to St. Mike's Hospital," EMS deputy commander Dan Hunter said. "An autopsy will have to determine (what happened)."

Family members didn't inform paramedics of any previous health conditions the unidentified man may have been suffering from, Hunter said.

"If he was running a marathon, he couldn't have been that bad," he said. "If you're not prepared for it, anything could happen.

"Could be underlying congenital problems that he has; it's very hard to predict that."

Nearly 100,000 spectators came out to watch the 23,000 registered racers in the 22nd annual marathon.

A 100-year-old participant, Fauja Singh, finished the race with a time of 8:25:18 to likely become the holder of the Guinness World Record for oldest marathoner.

"That's being verified by Guinness," said Tricia Soltys, spokesman for the race. "They actually need to have all his documentation but once that's verified officially, he will be the oldest person to complete a marathon."

The winner of the race was Kenneth Mungara, who took first place for the fourth consecutive year.

Of the top 10 winners, six were Canadians -- including Reid Coolsaet of Hamilton, Ont., and Nova Scotia's Eric Gillis, who both qualified for the Olympics in London, England, next year.

Road closures that accompanied the event snarled traffic in the downtown core and along the waterfront. Closed roads started to open again around 1:30 p.m.

jenny.yuen@sunmedia.ca


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