A 49-year-old man died while running in a 10-mile race earlier this month.
Uriel Ford, of Pleasantville, was one of 600 participants in the St. Patrick’s Day Boardwalk Run on March 16 that stretched from Atlantic City to Margate. At the 5-mile mark Ford stopped at a water station and had three cups of water, said John Glassey, the event’s coordinator.
He also asked for a bathroom but continued running when he was told they were in the casinos. Glassey said he fell shortly after in Ventnor and paramedics took him to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City. He died later that day, according to his obituary.
Ford was active in helping local youth in the region and was a prominent member of the Peace Keepers One Hundred Men, according to the obituary.
“It was important for him because children are our future,” said his daughter Porsha Parker, 25, of Atlantic City. “You have to teach them right.”
When Ford collapsed Glassey said other runners stopped and tried to help him. Glassey remembered Ford warming up before the race because he was dressed in a bright orange outfit.
“I told him, ‘I guess we’ll have no trouble seeing you on the course.’ He laughed,” Glassey said. “He looked like he was in really good shape.”
Parker said her father has always been an active runner and ran on the Black Horse Pike every day.
This was the 35th annual race and it raised $16,000 for the Donny Fund and Field of Dreams. Glassey said he has been involved with other local races for decades and never had a runner die in a race before.
“The runners tell me it was the perfect day for a run. It was overcast. It wasn’t hot, it wasn’t cold. It was in between,” he said. “We have a 5K and a 10-mile because it’s early in the season and people are not running as much. It’s a good starter race for them.”
Ford was a native of Jamaica and attended Atlantic City public schools. He worked in many casinos — most recently as a chef at Revel, his obituary said.
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