A 59-year-old triathlete died during the bike portion of this past weekend's Nation’s Triathlon in Washington according to race organizers.
The name of the man has not been released but the Washington Post is reporting that he died about five miles into the bike portion of the race.
The Washington Post Reports that: "The man, a competitor, apparently had a heart attack or similar event, said Bill Burke, race director. After apparently bicycling for about five miles, the man pulled up about 7:45 a.m. to a rescue unit near Chain Bridge Road and Clara Barton Parkway NW. After saying he did not feel well, he “immediately went into cardiac arrest,” Burke said.
The man was taken to Sibley Memorial Hospital, where he died, Burke said."
The swim portion of the Nation’s Triathlon was cancelled because of conditions on the Potomac River after recent heavy rains.
This is the second triathlon race related death in less than a month after an athlete died during Ironman Louisville last month.