Runner dies during race

A 59-year-old Marrero man collapsed and died shortly after the start of the Great Huey P. Long Bridge Run on Sunday.

Douglas Stinson had reached the one-mile marker on the West Bank side of the bridge in the 3.1-mile race when he collapsed, according to Danny Bourgeois, marketing director for the race.

“There was a doctor right behind him who stopped and gave him CPR, and others assisted as well,” he said. “We had an ambulance there right away, and a second one got him to Ochsner right away, but our understanding is that he was already gone by then.”

“I don’t know much else that could have been done.”

Bourgeois added that Stinson was an experienced runner and that his sister was running with him when he collapsed.

The race started at 8 a.m., but the temperature was already 88 degrees by then with high humidity.