Runner collapses during NYC marathon

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A New York City Marathon runner who suffers from low blood pressure collapsed Sunday in Harlem, about four miles short of finishing the grueling race, witnesses and officials said.

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Richard Waldman, a 55-year-old landscape architect from East Patchogue, N.Y., collapsed at the 22-mile marker on Fifth Avenue between 117th and 118th Streets shortly before 1:00pm ET, officials said.

Waldman suffers from chronic low blood pressure but was sitting up and taking fluids at Mount Sinai Hospital early Sunday evening, according to his family.

"He fell on his face on Fifth Avenue, he just dropped like he was was shot," said Harlem resident James White, who was shooting video of the race when the runner went down. "[Emergency crews] worked on him on Fifth [Avenue] while hundreds of runners passed him."

A uniformed police officer got to the fallen runner immediately and radioed for race volunteers and paramedics, who arrived within minutes, witnesses said. He was brought to Mount Sinai Hospital.

"When the runner was on the ground, he looked bad. He was blue in the face. He did not look good," said another witness. "After the medic gave him chest compressions, he started to look a better, and then they got him into the ambulance."

While witness Carlo Hinder was impressed by the fast work of rescuers, she didn't think much of racers who failed to show concern for their fallen fellow runner.

"Those marathon runners are a cold bunch. They almost ran over him while he was laying on the ground," said Hinder. "The response was good from the EMTs, but it was like the guy was a big inconvenience to the rest of them."

Waldman was running his first marathon and was raising money for an Alzheimer's charity, his family said.

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