Defending Robie champ passed out a mile from finish line

Two-time defending Race to Robie Creek champion Markus Geiger passed out a little over a mile from the finish line in Saturday’s race, he told the Idaho Statesman in an email.

Geiger was leading the race and on his way to a third straight title when he began to falter. He was taken to the medical tent at the finish line on a cart.

Kenny McDaniel won the 13.1-mile race.

Geiger, contacted by the Statesman, wrote that he began to pull away at about the three-mile mark and reached Aldape Summit in good shape. But early in the 4.6-mile downhill, he started to feel side cramps.

“Between mile 11 and mile 12, I started experiencing dizziness and my motor skills began deteriorating,” he wrote. “I knew I had to be close to the bottom and, still in the lead (not sure by how much), engaged for a final push nearing mile 12. That turned out to be too much. I passed out shortly before mile 12. I was lucky that a course marshal was right there. I don't recall how I got onto the ATV hauling me to the ER tent or how long that took.”

Geiger was diagnosed with dehydration, he said. He should have hydrated during the race because of the heat (70 degrees with little breeze), he said, but usually avoids that because of the potential for cramps.

He said he’s unsure if he’ll run next year. This was the first time he had passed out while running.

“I want to say many thanks to the race support crew, which provided outstanding support,” he said. “... Congrats to this year’s winner, and really everyone that crossed the finish line. These were difficult conditions to run in.”

Here is our story on McDaniel’s victory.