By the CNN Wire Staff
UPDATED: 05:55 AM EDT 08.08.11
A 64-year-old man died Sunday during the swim portion of Sunday's Nautica New York City Triathlon, according to officials.
"We are deeply saddened to report the death," said a statement from Race Director Bill Burke.
The man was treated by emergency medical staff at the event site and then transported to Roosevelt Hospital.
A female athlete also suffered a medical problem during the swim event, but Burke's statement failed to specify the nature of the trouble. She was also treated by on-site medical staff and was also sent to Roosevelt Hospital, where she was in critical condition Sunday night.
The Nautical New York City Triathlon is an Olympic distance race, consisting of a 1,500-meter swim, a 40-kilometer bike ride and a 10-kilometer run, according to the event's website.
The swim portion of Sunday's event was held in the Hudson River, the biking portion was on Manhattan's West Side highway, and the run was in Central Park.
Or make sure people have actually trained. I have been to many tris where many people can't swim for shit and are going for 1/2 mile swim. They don't realize when there are several hundred people in the water u can't see all people all the time especially spread out.
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If people want to risk their health, that is their decision. With sporting events people have a passion, and want to compete no matter what. What is the point of living if you can't engage in your passion? No one is by any means making them compete.
I'm surprised that you would say that. Don;t you believe people should be able to decide what they do to their body? Doesn't extreme sports count? In reality triathlons are probably no more dangerous than football. Hell, guys die every year from heat exhaustion playing softball for crying out loud.
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