A 35-year-old runner died Sunday after suffering a cardiac arrest during the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend marathon and half-marathon, police confirmed Monday.Police, who are now assisting the coroner with the investigation of the death, said that they were among the first responders called to Queen Elizabeth Driveway and Delaware Avenue at about 11:20 a.m. for a man without vital signs.The man was taken to the run’s field hospital at the Cartier Square Drill Hall, but could not be revived despite “aggressive” resuscitation efforts by paramedics with help from Canadian Ski Patrol first aiders.The man was one of 11 people treated Sunday, mostly for exhaustion, dehydration and heart problems, Ottawa Paramedic Service spokesman Marc-Antoine Deschamps said.
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On Saturday, quick action by an off-duty paramedic running in the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend 10K helped to revive a fellow runner who collapsed during the evening event.Paramedics said the 10K runner, a man in his 60s, collapsed on the course near TD Place at about 7:40 p.m. The off-duty paramedic stopped and immediately started CPR on the man. Two paramedics patrolling the course by bike arrived shortly afterward and used a defibrillator to deliver one shock to the man’s heart.He was taken to hospital by ambulance in critical condition but was expected to survive.“The latest update was that he was in hospital, conscious and talking,” Deschamps said late Saturday night. “That’s extremely optimistic.”