What led to a seemingly ‘extremely fit’ Cleveland marathon runner and star soccer player collapsing and dying a mile before the finish line? School and friends react.
A 22-year-old Ohio woman died after collapsing while running the Cleveland Marathon Sunday.
Taylor Ceepo, 22, of Medina was running in the 42nd Annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Sunday morning when she collapsed less than a mile away from the finish line, according to Cleveland 19.
Ceepo, who recently graduated from Walsh University where she played soccer, was transported to the hospital.
Doctors said that she was dead when she arrived at the hospital and that it was too soon to provide information about what might have led to her collapse and death, Cleveland.com reported.
‘She was extremely fit,’ family friend Ed Sutter told News 5 Cleveland. ‘So, none of it makes sense other than something that’s undetected.’
Taylor Ceepo recent Walsh University graduate and star soccer player remembered:
Hospital officials told WXYZ that they had treated between 60 to 70 marathoners for ailments including heat illnesses, dehydration, muscle strains and orthopedic injuries during the race. Temperatures during the race hovered around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Ceepo played on the women’s soccer team at Walsh and majored in biology. As a high school soccer player, she was ranked fourth in the state.
‘It is my sad duty to inform you that a beloved member of our Walsh family, Ms. Taylor Ceepo, collapsed today while running the Cleveland marathon and has passed away,’ Walsh Vice President for Student Affairs Amy Malaska wrote in a statement obtained by Cleveland.com.
‘Her mother, dear friends and her boyfriend (also a Walsh student) were with her. Our love and deepest sympathies go to her family and loved ones. Your Walsh family will keep you all in prayer.’
The university held an on-campus mass in her name.
Race officials also expressed their condolences.
‘We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of the young woman who collapsed during the race this morning,’ Jack Staph, executive race director, said in a statement. ‘Our thoughts and sympathy go out to her family and friends at this time.’
My fellow running community, this is Taylor Ceepo, the 22 year old runner that passed away today at the @clevemarathon
Lift her family up in prayers. If there’s more that can be done to help the family, I’ll share it with you all.
Life is precious. Cherish every step. pic.twitter.com/HynNRFiVmv
— KP Kelly ✝️🇺🇸 (@KP_Kelly) May 20, 2019