Runner dies during Rock/Creek Stump Jump 50K trail race

Runner dies during Rock/Creek Stump Jump 50K trail race

October 5th, 2014 by Hannah Smith in Local Regional News

Runners start the Rock Creek StumpJump 50k trail race from Signal Mountain Middle/High School on Saturday. StumpJump is billed as the largest and most competitive 50k trail race in the Southeast, and it is helping kick off the 2014 River Rocks festival this weekend.

Runners start the Rock Creek StumpJump 50k trail...

Photo by Dan Henry /Times Free Press.

Runners start the Rock Creek Stump Jump 50k trail race from Signal Mountain Middle/High School on October 4, 2014. Stump Jump is billed as the largest and most competitive 50k trail race in the southeast, and it is helping kick off the 2014 River Rocks festival this weekend.

Runners start the Rock Creek Stump Jump 50k...

Photo by Dan Henry /Times Free Press.

Runners from around the country showed up for the Rock/Creek StumpJump race Saturday on Signal Mountain and Walden's Ridge.

But race officials said that this year, one runner died during the StumpJump.

Mark McKnight, a representative from Rock/Creek, said a runner collapsed on the trail around 4 p.m., about 20 miles into the 32-mile race. A doctor was running just behind him, and he and several other runners stopped to try and assist the man. McKnight said there was nothing they could do.

"They're thinking it was some kind of aneurysm or heart failure of some sort," he said, adding there was no confirmation from a hospital or coroner about the cause of death.

McKnight said this has never happened before at the StumpJump race.

"In terms of just falling down on the trail like this, we've never had anyone die on us," he said. "It was a pretty shocking thing for us."

The man's identity had not been released as of Saturday night.


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