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Update: Runner dies during Little Rock Marathon, no obvious cause of death

The Pulaski County Coroner says there was no immediate cause of death for a Little Rock Marathon runner who died Sunday. The Coroner’s Office says they are waiting on the results of a toxicology screen, which could take 6 to 8 weeks to complete.
LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Pulaski County Coroner says there was no immediate cause of death for a Little Rock Marathon runner who died Sunday. The Coroner’s Office says they are waiting on the results of a toxicology screen, which could take 6 to 8 weeks to complete.

37-year-old Michael Kelly collapsed near the 11th mile marker of the race. Race leaders say ambulance crews responded to Kelly within two minutes. He was transported to UAMS for treatment, but later died.

“We express our deepest sympathy to his families. We are very saddened by this loss,” said director Gina Pharis.

Statement from UALR

Mike Kelly, network technician in Information Technology Services, died Sunday after participating in the Little Rock Half-Marathon event. He was 37.

He joined UALR as a lab assistant in the student library lab while pursuing a bachelor’s degree. He was hired full-time in the Desktop Support Group in 2007. Kelly was promoted to his current position in 2009 where he was responsible for maintaining the university network. He also was working on his master’s degree in information quality.

“Mike was a conscientious, dedicated person who did a great job at whatever task he was assigned,” said Dr. Jeannie Winston, vice chancellor for information services. “He was a valuable member of our UALR family and will be missed.”

Kelly is survived by his wife, Ebony Kelly, an administrative assistant in the Department of Information Science.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Court, Little Rock, with the funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 8, at Mosaic Church of Little Rock, 6420 Colonel Glenn Rd.
Full statement from Race Directors Gina Pharis and Geneva Hampton:

We were deeply saddened today to learn of the tragic loss of one of our participants from the Half Marathon. The Little Rock Marathon makes the safety of our participants our number one priority. An emergency medical crew immediatetly responded to the participant before trasporting him to UAMS, where he passed away. On behalf of the Little Rock Marathon and the racing community here in Little Rock, our hearts and prayers go out to the runner's family and loved ones.
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