Marathon trials are bittersweet

Yesterday's Olympic marathon trials were a time for triumph and tragedy.

We have been reporting about the death of former Notre Dame Grad Ryan Shay.

Ryan Shay collapsed and died yesterday morning as he was trying to qualify for the U.S men's Olympic marathon team.

Shay collapsed about 5-and and half miles into the New York City race.

He got immediate medical attention, but was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Today, Shay's father is speaking out about the loss of his son.

His father, Joe, said that while he will always miss his son he feels Ryan spent his last days doing what he loved.

"I think of how Ryan passed away was probably...if he could script it, that's how he'd want it...to be in the Olympic trials in the marathon in New York City. I think that's how he'd want it when his time came. Just wish it was longer," says Shay’s father.

Shay’s good friend and training partner Ryan Hall crossed the finish line in record time.

Hall finished the race in 2-hours 9-minutes and 2-seconds.

He was unaware of his friend’s fate but learned of Shay's death after he won.

He said the news cut him straight to the heart and made him forget what he had just accomplished.

At the start of Saturday’s Irish football game a moment of silence was held to honor Ryan Shay.

An autopsy performed today was inconclusive, though Shay had been diagnosed with an enlarged heart.


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