Parkite dies during Ragnar
June 19, 2015
On Friday morning around 8:11 a.m., 46-year-old Tyler Rasch of Park City collapsed near Paradise, Utah, while running the Ragnar Relay event.
An off-duty paramedic was nearby and began administering CPR before other medical personnel quickly reached the scene, according to a Salt Lake Tribune story.
Ragnar organizers released a statement on Friday afternoon addressing Rasch’s death.
"A loss like this affects us all at Ragnar and the prayers and thoughts of staff go out to the Rasch family," the statement read. "Out of respect for the family, we are not releasing details surrounding his passing but can confirm it was prompted by a critical health condition. First responders acted within minutes and our safety team has remained in touch with the family to aid them in any way we can. We ask that the community join us in respecting the family’s privacy at this hard time and include them in their thoughts and prayers."
Rasch was taken to Logan Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead by medical personnel.
The Ragnar race is a 200-mile overnight running event that started in Logan on Friday morning and ends at Soldier Hollow in Midway on Saturday. Approximately 12,000 runners were scheduled to participate in the 12th year of the event.