Sen. Tillis out of hospital following mid-race collapse

Bystanders tend to Tillis on the roadside. This was taken after CPR was administered. He was breathing at the end, WUSA, says. (Source: Debra Alfarone/WUSA)

WASHINGTON (AP/WNCN)- Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina is out of the hospital Wednesday afternoon aftercollapsing during a Washington, D.C., race earlier in the day.

Tillis, 57, was seen on the ground being administered CPR by bystanders at about the two-mile mark in the three-mile race in Anacostia Park in the southeast part of the city.

However, Tillis tweeted that he was doing well around 9:45 a.m. He said he “got overheated” about 2.5 miles into the race.

Although Tillis said he did not receive CPR, multiple witnesses, including WUSA’s Debra Alfarone, reported he did receive CPR and that three men were able to help revive him after he collapsed.

Reports stated Tillis at first appeared unconscious but was revived and breathing when taken away by ambulance from the ACLI Capital Challenge 3 Mile Team Race.

About an hour before reports of his collapse came in, Tillis tweeted a photo of himself and others getting ready for the American Council of Life Insurers race this morning.

Alfarone tweeted a photo of Tillis being administered CPR.

North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Wayne Goodwin issued a statement on Tillis:

In spite of our political differences, I and the staff at the North Carolina Democratic Party wish Senator Thom Tillis a full and speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family this morning.”


News of Tillis’ collapse spread quickly through the Raleigh running community.

“It’s super hot outside,” said Nila Holt, runner. “The hydration levels are probably a little low.”

The co-owner of Raleigh running store, Runologie, said there are signs people can check for as they are running.

“It’s super sad to see and hopefully it’s something that folks can focus on with their hydration through the day,” said Brent Francese, Runologie co-owner. “If you can monitor your heart rate with a watch at all, that’s a good thing. So elevated heart rate and breathing, I think, are things to really pay attention to.”

And with temperatures soaring, Holt said there are things she and others can do before they run.

“It’s definitely time to start preparing and hydrating, eating bananas with electrolytes and getting all that stuff pumped in before going out,” she said.

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