The Aragons runner Hctor Vilellas suffered a cardiorespiratory arrest when he had three kilometers to go to the finish line
Hctor Vilellas Soro, a 27-year-old athlete from the Zaragoza town of Tauste, has died after suffering a cardiorespiratory arrest while participating in the Behobia-San Sebastin race.
Vilellas was unwell in the Ategorrieta area, three kilometers from the finish line, after passing through kilometer 15 with a time of one hour and fourteen minutes. Initially, he was treated by the Red Cross in the same place where he vanished. The Aragons runner was transferred to the Donostia de San Sebastin Hospital, where he remained admitted to the Intensive Care Unit, but finally, Vilellas has not been able to overcome the situation and has died as the brain damage suffered after being 15 minutes in stop.
According to family sources, Vilellas had come to participate in the race with a friend. Both had traveled to the Basque capital on a bus that had left that same Sunday from Tauste, in which other runners and companions traveled.
It was not the first time that he participated in the Behobia-San Sebastián, since he already did so in the 2018 edition. Then, he invested an hour and fifty minutes to cover the 20 kilometers of the route of a famous popular race of great tradition. Hctor Vilellas Soro worked as a teacher in Pamplona and has always liked sports, specifically athletics.
They claim that he was a young man with a cheerful and loving character, and his death has caused great consternation in Tauste, a Zaragoza town in the Cinco Villas region, with some 7,000 inhabitants.
The Aragons runner was not the only one to suffer a cardiac arrest in the 56th edition of Sunday’s race. Another athlete, 34, had to be treated by DYA assistance and was taken to the same health center.
With the death of Vilellas, there are already five runners who have lost their lives in the Behobia-San Sebastin race since it began in 1979, in what is considered the modern stage of the event.
The previous death took place in 2015 when the Navarrese Jos Javier Suescun Subero He would suddenly collapse after crossing the finish line set up on the Boulevard, without the resuscitation work practiced by the health workers being able to do anything to save the life of this natural industrial engineer from Berbinzana.
In 2013, it was also Navarra Arantza Ezquerro who suffered a cardiorespiratory arrest at the height of the Kursaal, with just one kilometer left to finish the test. Three years earlier, in 2010, the Basque runner died Caesar Elorduy, who also felt unwell in the Kursaal area. The previous fatal misfortune occurred in the 2002 edition when the young man from Irun Asier Torrente He died of a heart attack a few feet from the finish line.
In 2000, the death of Kintxo Urreisti, for a heart attack. He was a member of the organization who did volunteer workin the finish area.
Reference from elmundo