31 Jul '15, 5pm

A road racer collapsed after he was given a head start against the elites:

He wasn’t mulling his late-race falter days later, though. “I just have such a big smile on my face when I talk about the race because it was great,” Allen told Runner’s World Newswire . “It was a wonderful experience.” Despite waking up in an emergency room instead of crossing the finish line, Allen said it was the experience of a lifetime. Allen, 40, started running 12 years ago, and the Bix 7 is one of his favorite races, having first run it in 2009 after moving to Davenport that year from Virginia. When he was selected as the Beat the Elite participant in January—the race has selected one runner in a random drawing each of the past 12 years to “race” the elite field—he was thrilled. But his 12 years of running didn’t prepare him for this type of race. “I always run to complete,” Allen said, “not to compete . It was a whole different experience for someone who’s never b...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/road-racer-c...

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