A 40-year-old photographer Viraj Kohwale suffered cardiac arrest while he was clicking photos of the marathon and was admitted to Bombay Hospital. “The condition of both patients is critical and they are under observation,” said Dr Sagar Sakle, spokesperson of Bombay Hospital. At least eight participants were hospitalized in Jaslok, Saifee, Bombay and Hinduja Hospitals after they fainted due to severe dehydration. Hemant Parulekar, 28, missed completing the half marathon by a whisker as he collapsed half a kilometer before the finishing line at CST. An architect by profession and a resident of Navi Mumbai, Parulekar had been practicing long-distance running for three months. While running long distances, it is mandatory for runners to drink 200 to 400 ml of fluids every 20 minutes. “It was hot and humid on Sunday morning. I was not consuming fluids at stipulated intervals. I passed out completely while nearing the finishing line,” said Parulekar.
Amar Kadakia, 41, a resident of Kemps Corner, collapsed near Chowpatty while running 21-km run. “I am disheartened as I fainted about 5 km from the finishing line. My blood pressure dropped drastically due to severe dehydration,” said Kadakia. A majority of the cases were of cramps, dehydration and exhaustion.