Man Dies After Collapsing Near Finish of Dam to DSM Race

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A 26-year-old man died after collapsing near the finish line of the EMC Dam to DSM race on Saturday.

A Des Moines Fire Department official said the man was competing in the 12.4-mile race and suffered a cardiac arrest.

He collapsed a block from the finish line. CPR was performed along the race route before he was transported to the hospital, where he later died.

Authorities have not yet released his name.

"On behalf of all of those that ran today and the entire running community, we are heartbroken about the loss of a fellow athlete. Our heartfelt condolences are with this athlete’s family and friends," said race director Michael Zimmerman.

Over 3,000 runners competed in the race, which began at 7 a.m. The route started at Saylorville Dam and ended in downtown Des Moines at Cowles Commons, located along Walnut Street.

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