Archive - Nov 8, 2011

Archive - Nov 8, 2011

Team effort saves Baltimore half-marathon runner in cardiac arrest

By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun 7:22 p.m. EST, November 8, 2011

Like many veteran marathoners, Bob Pohl always had an eye on the clock.

"I used to tell my wife that if I drop in a race to stop my watch because I don't want to go to the hereafter with a bad time," he said. "The joke was funnier before."

The 55-year-old Marriottsville runner did collapse during a race. He was about 200 feet from the finish line of the Baltimore half-marathon on Oct. 15 when a blockage in a main artery stopped his blood from flowing — and his heart from beating.

Now seconds seriously mattered.

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