ST. GEORGE, Utah, Oct. 4, 2021 (East Idaho News/Gephardt Daily) — An Idaho man died Saturday while running in the St. George Marathon.
Hayden Holman, 22, of Sugar City, was participating in the 26-mile marathon with members of his family, according to an article in East Idaho News.
Near the end of the race, family members say Holman suddenly collapsed and stopped breathing.
“He called (family members) when he was two minutes from the finish line to make sure someone was there to take a picture,” stepmother Karin Holman said. “But he never showed up.”
Emergency personnel responded and began to administer CPR. He remained unresponsive, but they were able to get his heart beating again. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he ultimately died.
Family members say Hayden was a strong, athletic, young man, who wrestled in high school and loved rock climbing and hiking. He grew up in Idaho Falls and was attending Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg.
He had recently served a Latter-day Saint mission in Montreal, Canada, and just seven months ago he married his sweetheart, Charlotte.
“Hayden was one of the most outgoing and nicest person,” Karin said. “He loved everyone and wore his heart on his sleeve. He will be missed for a long time.”
The cause of Hayden’s death is unknown, pending autopsy results.
Click here to view a GoFundMe account that says it was established to pay funeral expenses.