Man collapses during 10K, in stable condition |

Man collapses during 10K, in stable condition

— Art Montz, a 69-year-old runner from Broomfield, was listed in stable condition Sunday after collapsing during the 10K run portion of the Steamboat Springs Marathon, said Carol Schaffer, spokeswoman for Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Montz, who did the Steamboat 10K last year, collapsed at the beginning of the race, which started at 7:30 a.m. at the Routt County Courthouse.

He was taken by a paramedic to the hospital, Schaffer said.

The 10K racecourse goes through Strawberry Park and Old Town Steamboat Springs before winding back to the courthouse.

Montz did not feel well, he said, after starting up the first hill.

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“I moved over to the side of the road there and sat down,” he said. “That’s the last thing I could remember.”

Montz was admitted to the emergency department at 7:55 a.m., said Christine McKelvie, public relations director at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

He was admitted to the hospital and stayed overnight, McKelvie said.

Montz said he expected to be flown to Denver today for additional tests.

The cause for his collapse had not been determined Sunday, Schaffer said.

The Broomfield runner has done the Steamboat 10K several times, he said, and he recently competed at the Bolder Boulder.

He is looking forward to running in the 2002 Steamboat 10K, he said.

“I’m planning on doing it again next year.”

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