One of runners who died in Raleigh Rock'n'Roll event identified
by WNCN Staff
RALEIGH, N.C. -
One of the men who died running in Raleigh’s Rock’n’Roll Marathon was Derrick Myers of Raleigh, an avid soccer player and athlete who worked in the IT field in Raleigh, WNCN has confirmed.
Two men died Sunday near the finish line of the race, the first time it has been held in Raleigh.
Organizers have not officially released the names of those who died, but WNCN has confirmed it was Myers through his mother and through a neighbor at his Hedingham neighborhood.
Myers played soccer locally and was in "incredible shape," the neighbor said. His mother, who lives in Tarboro, confirmed Monday night he died at the race.
A neighbor was with Myers Friday at his home and said he was looking forward to the race.
Myers graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2001, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Dileep Dadlani, is Derrick Myer’s friend and neighbor. Tonight, right before he went for a run with the popular running group the “nOg Run Club”, he said, “It just hit us like a ton of bricks. It was a total shock for us because he’s a young guy, he’s very athletic, very sociable, just the nicest person you’d ever meet, had a tremendous flair for life.”
The running group took in a moment of silence to remember the two men that passed away during the Rock n’ Roll half marathon, as well as to remember the one year anniversary of the Boston Bombing.
Rick Florez, Vice President of the nOg Run Club said, “It’s incredibly sad”.
Fellow runner, Esther Dill said, “I was running this morning, just praying for those families.”
For runners the deaths are a stark reminder of what can go wrong during these races. Dill said, “In a runner’s mind a lot of times you click on a button that says, 'OK, go for it.' You kind of push yourselves a lot more and I’m not the only one that would say that.”
Doctors said dying during these long races can happen, but it’s still very rare. Dr. Virgil Wynia, a cardiologist with WakeMed said, “The statistics run somewhere in the range of less than 1 per 100,000racers may pass away during the race. In cases like this, there usually is some underlying heart condition.”
Myers’ public funeral will be held this Thursday at Englewood Baptist Church in Rocky Mount. The visitation is at 10 a.m. and the funeral at 11 a.m. If you’d like to send flowers and well wishes, you may mail them to 1350 S. Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount, N.C., 27803.