5 athletes collapse during Taipei Marathon: 3 required resuscitation after losing vital signs

Five athletes collapsed during the Taipei Marathon event this morning, and were rushed to hospital, at least three having lost vital signs, requiring Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

The race started at Taipei City Hall at 6:30 am with the temperature at 13°C, and humidity at 62%.

According to reports, a 50-year-old female collapsed, unconscious, on Renai Road, Section 2 at 7:28 am, and was rushed to National Taiwan University Hospital.

At 7:43 am, a 41-year-old man collapsed and was also rushed to NTUH.

Taipei City Fire Department said that at around 8:10 am, a male participant, aged around 30, collapsed at the intersection of Zhongshan North Road and Nong’an Street. The runner lost signs of life, but vital signs were restored after CPR as he was rushed to Mackay Memorial Hospital.

A runner collapses and loses vital signs during the Taipei Marathon, December 19, 2021.

Twenty minutes later, another participant collapsed and lost vital signs in front of the Yuanshan Police Station. The man was rushed to Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital.

A fifth runner collapsed at the intersection of Nanjing East Road and Gaungfu North Road at around 9:00 am. The 20-year-old man also lost vital signs and was resuscitated before being rushed to Cathay General Hospital.

A runner is rushed to hospital after collapsing and losing vital signs at the corner of Nanjing and Guanfu during the 2021 Taipei Marathon.

By 10:30 am, a total of five people had collapsed unconscious in the course of the race. According to reports all five are now conscious and under observation in hospital.

The Taipei Marathon is an annual marathon held in December each year since 1986. It is one of two World Athletics Label Road Races held in Taiwan.

For the first time in its history, the 2021 marathon, with the awkwardly-phrased theme “The Day we Reborn,” required participants to show record of COVID vaccination, or medical record showing proof of recovery from COVID-19, or negative PCR test/rapid antigen test certificate.

The winner of the men’s marathon was Ethiopian Demeke Kasaw Biksegn with a time of 2 hours, 11 minutes, 42 seconds. Biksegn took the first prize of NT$750,000 (US$26,667).

Video showing start of Taipei Marathon 2021.
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5 thoughts on “5 athletes collapse during Taipei Marathon: 3 required resuscitation after losing vital signs

  • December 19, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    My question is, in the long history of this Marathon, how many times has it happened that people in a varying span of age groups (young to early middle age) just KEELED OVER and almost died? Had the affected participants all “taken their poison?”

  • December 19, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Just looked at the videos. It is beyond insane to have people in a marathon race wearing face masks, so they just keep inhaling the exhaled CO2 over and over. This world is filled with lemmings lunging for the precipice. Just stop it long enough for me to get off.

      • December 19, 2021 at 6:44 pm

        Thanks for the encouraging words! (Much needed, considering all the falderal we get every day these days!)

  • January 9, 2022 at 6:33 am

    Sadly that’s just the tip of the iceberg – you can find a more complete, regularly updated list of athletes here: https://goodsciencing.com/covid/athletes-suffer-cardiac-arrest-die-after-covid-shot/

    To date, the list of pro athletes sufferring heart issues in action after the jibby jab currently stands at 423 cardiac arrests & serious issues, and 253 dead.

    More are listed here: https://airtable.com/shrbaT4x8LG8EbvVG/tbl7xKsSUIOPAa7Mx

    Now if that isn’t enough to make people think, then well..


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