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RIF Condolences to Will Caviness Who Died Running the Chicago Marathon

Marathon running, like any extreme sport or life in general has its risks, today firefighter William ‘Will’ Caviness, from North Carolina, died while running the Chicago Marathon.

He was declared dead at a Chicago hospital after collapsing in the last 500 yards of the 26.2 mile race.

Caviness was running the Chicago Marathon to raise money for burn victims.  He had raised well over $2,000 before the race and donations have since reached over $3,400 since his passing.  You can still DONATE HERE!!

Asked what his family felt as the charity effort transformed instantly into a tragedy, his uncle, Bill Caviness of Tennessee, choked back tears and came up with one word.

“Disbelief,” he said.

“He was very fit, a tremendous runner.”

His death marked the first in the marathon since 2007, organizers said. Caviness’ death was the sixth fatality at the event since 1998, according to Tribune archives.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this time of grief and sadness.

Read LOTS MORE about the life of Will Caviness!

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Joshua Holmes has completed 204 marathons/ultramarathons while running 100+ miles 43 including races such as the Badwater 135, Western States 100, The Last Annual Vol State 500K (3x). He is the founder of Run It Fast, the most driven club on the planet. His favorite races to date are the Vol State 500K, Badwater 135, Barkley Fall Classic, Catalina Eco Marathon, Chimera 100, Across The Years, Savage Gulf Trail Marathon, Strolling Jim 40 Miler, Tunnel Hill 100, RUTS, EC100 and the Flying Monkey Marathon in his home state of Tennessee. Follow @bayou Follow @joshuaholmes on Instagram

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  1. […] the same race, Will Caviness, a firefighter from North Carolina, died in the last 500 yards before the finish line.  Will was an experienced runner and […]

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