28 Feb '17, 7pm

Jamie Hawkins-Gaar of St. Petersburg, Florida, died after collapsing in a half marathon. He was 32.

Jamie Hawkins-Gaar of St. Petersburg, Florida, died after collapsing in a half marathon. He was 32.

What his wife, Katie Hawkins-Gaar, does with it is an emotional decision she will make in the future. On February 4, Hawkins-Gaar was close to finishing his second half marathon in less than a month when he collapsed near the finish line. He died several hours later. The cause of death is still unknown. He was 32. Katie, 31, has both the Safety Harbor medal and the medal her husband earned a few weeks earlier at the St. Pete Beach Classic half marathon in St. Petersburg, Florida. That’s where she and Hawkins-Gaar had started to build a life together after moving from Atlanta a couple of years ago. “I’m going to hold on to them for now,” Katie told Runner’s World . “Right now they bring good memories, obviously not the memory of him dying, but I’m just so proud of him for being such a fighter in everything that he did.” Hawkins-Gaar wasn’t always a runner. He was an improv ...

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