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27-Year-Old Man Dies In Tulsa Half Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 23, 2010
Marcus Takach was an Eagle Scout and a had a black-belt in Tae Kwon Do. Photo: Tulsa World

Marcus Takach was an Eagle Scout and a had a black belt in Taekwondo. Photo: Tulsa World

The runner was in good shape and most likely died due to a structural heart abnormality.

A man in his twenties collapsed and died of cardiac arrest near the 10-mile mark at the Route 66 Half Marathon in Tulsa, Oklahoma last Sunday. Marcus Takach, a native of Tulsa who wore a tattoo with a picture of his beloved city, wasn’t new to running or to working out.

“He was just a fitness nut and very driven,” said his father, Nicholas Takach.

Dennis Blankenship, the emergency room director at the Oklahoma State University Medical Center, the hospital where Takach was taken, suspects the runner most likely had a structural heart abnormality.

Besides running, Takach was an Eagle Scout and a third-degree black belt. He is the second runner to have died in the five-year-history of the Route 66 Half Marathon. The first fatality was two years ago when a 21-year-old died of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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