22-year-old woman dies running 42nd annual Cleveland Marathon; cause of death still unknown

22-year-old woman dies running 42nd annual Cleveland Marathon; cause of death still unknown
Taylor Ceepo collapsed while running Cleveland marathon. (Source: Walsh University)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Tragedy amid all the excitement surrounding the 42nd annual Cleveland Marathon.

A woman collapsed while running the race and she was transported to University Hospitals via EMS.

Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Executive Race Director Jack Staph confirmed the woman passed away.

On Monday, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office had not yet determined the cause of death, saying:

“The preliminary investigation into the death of Taylor Ceepo did not disclose a definitive cause of death. Further testing and a review of medical history will be conducted in an attempt to establish a cause of death, which may take on the order of weeks. No further information is available at this time.”

University Hospitals identified her as 22-year-old Taylor Ceepo.

Ceepo reportedly collapsed less than a mile away from the finish line Sunday morning.

Marathon officials did not state which race she was running in.

Walsh University emailed the community with news about her death, stating:

“Taylor graduated just a few weeks ago from Walsh University, with a biology - pre professional major, and minors in both psychology and chemistry. Taylor was a member of the Women’s Soccer Team, and hailed from Medina. Her mother, dear friends, and her boyfriend (also a Walsh student) were with her. Our love and deepest sympathies go to her family and loved ones. Your Walsh family will keep you all in prayer.”

Walsh University also reminded students that the Residence Life staff would be in the halls Sunday night to be there for the students currently on campus.

Staff will also be there for support during the mass at 8 p.m. on Walsh University’s campus.

Students, faculty, and staff were welcome to join the service to “lift up prayers for Taylor and her family while supporting each other.”

Walsh University spokesperson Andrea McCaffrey said a memorial service in her honor will be held in the near future.

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