March 3rd, 2013
10:48 PM ET

Man dies during California triathlon

A 46-year-old man from Austin, Texas, died Sunday during the swim portion of the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco, according to race officials.

"We have reason to believe the gentleman suffered from a massive cardiac event as he entered the water and began the swim," race director Bill Burke said in a statement.

"Water safety noticed him immediately and initiated CPR while he was in the water and as they transferred him to land," he added.

Burke said he believes the man's death marks the first in the triathlon's 33-year history.

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  1. Iamrightyouarewrong

    STOP triathlons NOW.

    March 4, 2013 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. elizabethhoward1

    We shouldn't stop triathlons. People need to be more aware of what their bodies can handle. Maybe it was just a hereditary condition too.

    March 6, 2013 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |