Daughter Helps Save Father At Colorado Half Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 9, 2011
  • Updated May. 9, 2011 at 1:49 PM UTC

She happened to be an EMT.

Another instance of runners saving each other: this time it was a daughter who helped resuscitate her father. The life-saving epsiode occurred at the Colorado Marathon last week in Fort Collins. Sixty-four-year-old runner Bob Chlebnik was running the half marathon and collapsed near the 24-mile mark. Mr. Chlebnik had come to Fort Collins to watch his daughter, Aimee, attempt to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

Ms. Chlebnik had figured she would catch her father near the end.

When she saw a person collapsed on the ground with others assisting him, she ran over to help out. “I’m an EMT, so as I came up to them I decided to stop and see if they needed any help,” she recalled. “And that’s when I realized that it was my father actually on the ground. It was the most horrifying experience I think I’ve had.”

Mr. Chlebnik was eventually revived, but had to spend several days in the ICU.

“So this is a bump in the road of life, we’ll get over it and keep on going,” he said. “I’m very lucky. I’m very lucky I got a second chance.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at 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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