The Health Risks of Marathon… Spectating

Runner’s World notifies us of yet another study of the effects of marathons and marathon training on heart health.

But the news item I found a lot more interesting this week was about the circumstances of former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s heart attack:

“I was in New York with my wife, who was running the New York Marathon,” he said by cellphone while traveling. “I was watching it and I had chest pains.’’

Shonda ran a 4:58:50 in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 6, 2011. Schilling says he waited for her to finish, despite the discomfort he was in.

“I didn’t think it was anything serious,” he says.

They flew back to Boston and went straight from Logan Airport to a Boston hospital, where doctors were waiting for him. No ambulance.

“Ya, as stupid as that was,” Schilling wrote in a text message. “My doctor made it clear that I was very, very, lucky.”

Surgery was performed the next day to insert a stent.

I’ve theorized before that there are probably more cardiac events while spectating than while running. I don’t know if Curt ever joins Shonda on the road, but he would probably be safer.