U.S. Runner Ryan Shay Dies At Trials (Photos)

November 3, 2007
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Ryan Shay died Saturday at the U.S. Olympic marathon trials



Distance runner Ryan Shay died earlier today at the U.S. men’s Olympic marathon trials. He collapsed right after the 5 mile mark in Central Park in New York. He was 28 years old. See photos of Ryan Shay below.

He was immediately given CPR and transported to Lenox Hill Hospital, where they pronounced him dead at 8:46 AM.

The cause of death was unknown, but his father, John Shay, had told the Associated Press that he was diagnosed with an enlarged heart at 14 years of age. After Ryan was involved in a car accident at the age of 16, doctors said that his heart had gotten larger, but it was believed that it was due to Ryan being a runner. Just last spring, he was cleared to run by doctors and was told that he would probably need a pacemaker when he got older.

Ryan was born on May 4, 1979 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He attended Central Lake High School in Central Lake, Michigan. He excelled in cross country, having won every cross country meet he competed in after his third meet of his freshman year in 1993.

He attended the University of Notre Dame in 1997 and competed in cross country and track. He was a 9 time All-American while at Notre Dame and won the 10,000 meter run in 2001.

After college, Shay continued running, competing and winning races in marathon, half-marathon, 20 km, and 15 km races.

His wife, Alicia Craig Shay, also a runner, is hoping to compete in the Beijing Olympics, competing in the women’s 10,000. She was a two time NCAA champion while attending Stanford.

More photos of Ryan Shay are below.

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