Ohio man who collapsed at marathon thankful

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A Canton man who went into cardiac arrest during a half-marathon last weekend in Cleveland wants to find and thank the emergency workers who saved his life.

Richard Strain said that he felt what he thought was heartburn about a mile into Cleveland’s half-marathon last Sunday.

He made it another five miles before the pain became so severe that he was forced to start walking.

Strain doesn’t remember much after that.

The 45-year-old woke up in a hospital emergency room coughing up blood and gasping for air.

Strain told the Akron Beacon Journal on Friday (http://bit.ly/13RLhG2) that he has no memory of the emergency workers on the race course who shocked him with an automated external defibrillator.

Strain says he’s thankful to be alive and hopes to run again when he’s healthy again.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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