11:57 AM, August 8, 2011
A 40-year-old Chicago financial whiz became the second person to die from an exhausting city triathlon, officials said today.
Tragic mom-of-three and investment honcho Amy Martich of suburban Elmhurst, Ill., went into cardiac arrest twice after Sunday’s early-morning swim in the Hudson River, said Bill Burke, director of the well-known Nautica New York City Triathlon.
She had been brought in critical condition to Roosevelt Hospital and succumbed today.
Organizers said Martich — a former high-school swimmer and a vice president for Janus Capital Group, one of the race’s sponsors — was part of a team of three coworkers who were each to take a leg in the punishing race.
Martich was to swim the roughly one-mile kick-off, with another handling the 15-mile bike leg and the third the 6-mile run.
Martich had finished about half her race when she got into trouble, organizers said.
“The reports from swimmers near her was that they were stroking along, and she was stroking along, then a moment later, she wasn’t,” Burke told the Chicago Tribune.
A race worker in a kayak rushed over to help bring her to shore, he said.
Her devastated dad told The Post that she had no known medical problems.
“It was kind of a challenge — she was a high-school swimmer, and this was a chance to get back and do something she did years ago,” said Martich’s stricken dad, Frederic McCullough, 68.
“It’s got to be a freak accident. We’re still waiting for the medical examiner to tell us what happened.”
The dad said Martich leaves behind a husband and three young children, two boys and a girl, all 10 and under.
“She was a beautiful person…was very friendly, very willing to help people, always on the go, a loving mother, a loving wife, a loving daughter,” he said sadly.
A day earlier, race participant Michael Kudryk, 64, of Freehold, NJ, also died from an apparent heart attack after being pulled unconscious from the Hudson.
In 2008, a 32-year-old Argentinian competitor died as well during the swimming portion of the race.
Authorities said 26 participants in Sunday’s needed assistance for minor injuries and pain during the swim.
Mayor Bloomberg, asked whether the city was looking into the athletes’ deaths, responded: “We can’t supervise everything. If people want to go and have a race, they can go and have a race.
“We don’t have the money— nor is it appropriate I think — for New York City to go out and tell people whether they can test themselves physically.”
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer called on race organizers to examine their safety protocol.
He noted that race officials called the weather “optimal,” even though there were strong currents, choppy water and temps topping 90 degrees.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
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her path of destiny = 48 = Remembrance.
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