A Rochester man who ran and finished this year's Boston Marathon died while taking part in the Musselman Triathlon in the Finger Lakes.
This happened on Route 96A in Varick, Seneca County.
State police tell YNN that Michael Coyle, 38, was taking part in the bicycle portion of the "mini-mussel" when he hit the back of a stopped SUV.
The vehicle had apparently run out of gasoline. Coyle was taken to Geneva General Hospital where he died.
The race director of the Musselman Triathlon tells us two doctors and an ambulance got there right after it happened. This is the first fatal incident in the event's ten year history.
"I would like to express my condolences to the family," said Jeff Henderson, Race Director. "Our heart goes out to them. It's a terrible thing, it's a tragic thing. We will hold the race tomorrow as planned in honor of the victim. The race had about 900 participants, we had some other minor injuries but no other major mishaps."
Cycling Club Reacts to Musselman Fatal
Coyle was part of the Genesee Valley Cycling Club. Club President Michael Deats released a statement saying,
"The members of Genesee Valley Cycling Club are deeply saddened by the loss of Michael Coyle. Mike passed away in an accident while participating in the Musselman Triathlon in Geneva, NY. Mike, a long-standing member of the GVCC, was a highly-skilled athlete in cycling, running, and swimming. He was very respected for his sportsmanship, and competitiveness. Highlights include his participation in the Rochester Twilight Criterium and the Boston Marathon. We extend our sincerest condolences to Mike’s family."