Swimmer dies during New York and New Jersey race

The start line of the race 
By: John Roberts 

A professional athlete died after his heart just couldn’t take the stress of the Ironman race held in New York and New Jersey.

An athlete, who competed in the U.S. Ironman Championship in New York and New Jersey, died Saturday, after having a medical problem during the swimming stage of the grueling triathlon, race officials said.

The competitor suffered distress during a 2.4-mile swim in the Hudson River at the start of the competition that lasted throughout the day, a publicist for the race organizers said. The course ran along the coast of New Jersey, just north of the George Washington Bridge.

The swimmer was pulled from the water and taken to a hospital in nearby Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, but did not survive.

The cause of death is unknown and an autopsy is planned. New York Police said the competitor was a 43-year-old man. His name has not yet been released.