The Los Angeles Marathon announced that runner Trisha Paddock collapsed and later died after last Sunday’s race.
Paddock, 46, went into cardiac arrest and collapsed at the finish line after running the Charity Challenge Half Marathon (a race within the Los Angeles Marathon) around 12:30 p.m.
On-scene medical personnel responded and Paddock was transported to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills.
“Medical aid was quickly provided by over a dozen personnel, including LAFD Cycle Teams, and the patient was rapidly treated and transported to a local hospital,” Los Angeles Fire Dept. Captain Erik Scott said.
Later that day, Paddock reportedly died at the hospital, survived by her husband Ryan Paddock and three children.
“This is a devastating loss, and our deepest sympathies go out to her family and loved ones,” Los Angeles Marathon said through a public Facebook post. “We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to all the first responders, paramedics, and medical personnel who were immediately on the scene.”
A Gofundme fundraiser was set for Paddock and her family, aimed to cover medical expenses. At the time that the online fundraiser was set up, Paddock was said to be on life support, before confirming that Paddock had died.
“Thank you so much for your donations,” a March 21 Gofundme update said. “We are saddened to report that Trisha passed away last night. Please continue to contribute to this wonderful family.”
A Rancho Palos Verdes resident, Paddock was running the race to raise awareness for the Asian American Drug Abuse Program, a non-profit organization that focuses on “underserved communities with substance abuse services.”
“Trisha Paddock believed in the mission of AADAP and was so excited to be a part of our team,” Dean Nakanishi, Chief Executive Officer of AADAP said. “The Charity Challenge team members met together on Sunday morning before the start of the race, and everyone was enthusiastic to be participating in this event. We are all stunned that she is no longer with us. Our hearts go out to her husband and children, who loved her dearly.”
LAFD assisted 13 marathon patients on the day, six of them requiring life-threatening, or immediate care. The other seven patients were considered to have either non-life threatening or minor complaints.