The 32-year-old runner who collapsed and died after completing the Brooklyn Half Marathon was a New York University master’s graduate and behavioral therapist, The Post has learned.
David Reichman fell in the sweltering heat on the boardwalk near the finish line at Ocean Parkway in Brighton Beach on Saturday and was later pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital, cops said.
Reichman was one of the founders of Field Trip Health, a mental health and psychotherapy company in Kips Bay, according to his LinkedIn profile.
The company, founded in October 2020, claims it is “redefining mental health and wellness through groundbreaking work on psychedelics and psychedelic psychotherapy,” according to its LinkedIn page.
He previously worked for two years as an addiction specialist for NYC Health + Hospitals and has a master’s degree from the NYU Silver School of Social Work, according to his profile.
Reichman lived in Flatbush with his girlfriend until he moved to Manhattan in March, his Brooklyn building’s super, who only identified himself as Ozzie, said Sunday.
A woman answering the door of Reichman’s Flatbush apartment declined to comment.
Police said 15 other runners were hospitalized after Saturday’s race.
The 22,000 runner event, sponsored by New York Road Runners and the NYPD, runs from the Brooklyn Museum, through Prospect Park and up to the Coney Island boardwalk.
The race took place this year for the first time since 2019 due to the COVID-19 lockdown, but took place in sweltering heat that had reached 70 degrees and 83% humidity when it started at 9 a.m. morning, Fox Weather reported.
Reichman’s death is the first at the event since a 31-year-old runner collapsed and died in 2014 after crossing the finish line.
The New York Medical Examiner will determine Reichman’s cause of death.
In a statement on Saturday, New York Road Runners said it has “medical personnel stationed from start to finish throughout the race course who are ready to respond immediately to the medical needs of all runners, spectators, volunteers and staff”.
“The health and safety of our riders, volunteers, partners and staff remains NYRR’s top priority,” the group said. “In coordination and consultation with city agency partners and weather experts, NYRR was closely monitoring weather conditions before and during the race.”