Fleet Feet coach dies during Seneca7 race

GENEVA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Running communities in Central New York and the Finger Lakes are mourning after a Fleet Feet coach died during the Seneca7 race in Geneva.

According to a post on the race’s Facebook page, Brendan Jackson suffered a “serious medical emergency” during the race.

They say other competitors, emergency personnel, and volunteers tried to help Jackson during the incident.

Race organizers thanked those who rushed to Jackson’s aide:

We want our Seneca7 community to know what compassion and camaraderie was shown out there yesterday. We are truly thankful for the presence of such loving and brave people. Our thanks to all who helped yesterday. Our prayers and our deepest condolences to Brendan's family and friends.

According to the Fleet Feet website, Jackson had 30 years experience coaching runners.

“He was the embodiment of the spirit of our sport," said Coreen Steinbach, a long-time runner in Central New York. "I can’t think of another person who would get up pre-dawn who would go to the hardest part of the Mountain Goat course and write in chalk on the roadway encouragement for people he never even would have met."

Steinbach says Coach Brendan would spend countless hours training her and also helping others reach and surpass their goals.

An elite runner, Steinbach says it was Coach Brendan who helped shape her warm-up routine and added inspiration to her career as she races all over the world.


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