A participant in the annual Exit Glacier Race collapsed and died despite lifesaving measures by bystanders and first responders on Saturday.
The annual race brings runners to Seward for a 5k or a 10k race down Exit Glacier Road. The man, whom the Seward Journal was unable to conclusively identify, collapsed during the second half of the 10k race and was pronounced dead at Providence Seward Medical Center, according to a spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers.
Saturday's Exit Glacier Race ran concurrently with Seward’s Law Enforcement Torch Run, and state police were some of the first public safety officials on the scene.
Other runners were the first people to lend assistance, according to several sources, including a woman who provided CPR and was running right behind the man when he collapsed. The woman asked not to be named.
A small group of people administered chest compressions until an ambulance arrived. It was not initially clear whether an ambulance had been staged at the race site. Seward Parks and Recreation, the race organizer, did not respond to voicemail on Monday.