Athletic trainer dies in Broad Street Run

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Brian Smart, who was an athletic trainer at Upper Darby High School, has died. He was 25-years-old. 

He died on Sunday while competing in the 10-mile Broad Street Run. According to NBC 10 Philadelphia, he suffered a heart attack during the race. 

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The news report said he made it through three-quarters of the 10-mile race when he had the medical emergency. Upper Darby School District confirmed the news on Monday. 

“The world certainly lost a good one yesterday,” Smart’s father, who was not named, wrote in part. “It is obvious that Brian was beloved by the students that he worked with, and we’ve been receiving messages all morning about his passing.”

Smart was working for ATI, a physical therapy chain, since Sept. 2017. He previously worked at The Shipley School, Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania, Wissahickon High School, and Collingswood High School. 

This is not the first death in the Broad Street Run. According to NBC 10, Robert Masseroni, a 29-year-old Middle School teacher and Martial Artist, collapsed after completing the race in 2007, then died. 

The Broad Street Run, according to their website, has been taking place for nearly 40-years. The 2019 race went through the heart of Philadelphia in Broad Street along with their diverse communities and neighborhoods. 

This event claims to be “the largest, fastest, and most popular 10-mile race in the country drawing more than 35,000 participants from all over the world.”

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