Runner Collapses Near End of California International Marathon

(KCRA) — The marathoner, Iraq war veteran and father of three was within reach of a personal record at the California International Marathon when he collapsed near the end of his run.

Aaron Kuen, 37, was a quarter of a mile from the finish line and his family when he stopped breathing during the Dec. 4 event.

“I was so proud. It was everything he wanted,” Aaron’s wife Augustina Kuen said. “It was literally the pace he wanted. He was doing so well.”

Kuen said her husband was on his way to his personal best of 2:48 at CIM. He had been training for two years to qualify for the sub-elite division of the New York City Marathon. CONTINUE