- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) - A 58-year-old Kansas man has completed the Quad Cities Marathon after suffering from a heart attack at last year’s event.

The (Moline) Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1rnw8NT ) reports Jeff Blakeman participated in the 17th annual Quad Cities Marathon on Sunday. He says it didn’t matter what his time was because he only cared about finishing what he started.

Blakeman collapsed as he approached downtown Moline during the 26.2-mile race last year. First responders resuscitated him before he was taken to a hospital. He stayed there for four days so surgery could fix the blocked artery that caused his heart attack.

Blakeman started Sunday’s race at the 19-mile marker, near the spot he collapsed, and ran across the finish line. He was also reunited with several people who helped save his life last year.


Information from: The Dispatch, https://www.qconline.com

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