Three runners suffered sudden heart attacks during a half marathon in Spain, while dozens more participants were hospitalized or in need of medical assistance.
Following the 2022 Behobia-San Sebastián half-marathon, 33 runners were reportedly hospitalized while 125 others required medical assistance.
The Behobia to San Sebastian half marathon is held each year in November
The historic 15-mile running race takes place in Spain’s Basque Country.
The Behobia-San Sebastián race has a very rigorous route with two high points, Gaintxurizketa (4 miles) and Miracruz (10 miles)
In this year’s edition, the event was attended by 30,000 runners and running enthusiasts.
However, this year saw an unprecedented spike in serious health issues.
Many news outlets have blamed the so-called “climate change” for the tragic events that occurred during this year’s marathon.
The temperature was an average of 78.8 degrees Fahrenheit during the event, which the media claims triggered cardiac arrests and other health issues.
“In a race that had 30,000 participants, there were 3 cases of heart attacks and 125 medical attention, almost all due to heat strokes resulting from the unusual 26 degrees that were recorded during the race,” according to local news outlet El Español.
However, this wasn’t the first year that tragedy struck the event.
During the 2021 race, “a runner lost his life” and “two other cardiac arrests” were recorded, according to the local outlet.
El Español reports that “various theories” have emerged regarding the spike in heart attacks during the race.
However, the outlet argues that it has become “increasingly common to find participants who are not sufficiently prepared for this type of challenge and who get carried away,” even if they risk “endangering their health.”
The report also appears to suggest that due to the event being so popular, “simple statistics” mean it’s more likely that some athletes will suffer heart attacks or even die.
Back in September, at least seventy-four runners were taken to various hospitals in Durban, South Africa after experiencing medical emergencies at the 2022 Comrades Marathon.
Comrades Marathon is the world’s largest and oldest ultramarathon race.
The marathon events have raised concerns over unusual deaths and medical emergencies among these fit athletes.
Nine of the 74 Comrades Marathon participants were hospitalized.
Two runners, 31-year-old Mzamo Mthembu and 37-year-old Phakamile Ntshiza, tragically lost their lives.