Teen Cross-Country Runner Dies After Collapsing On The Course

BROOMFIELD, Colo. (CBS4) – A community is mourning after the death of a high school student during a 5K cross-country meet in Broomfield Friday night.

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(credit: CBS)

According to officials at Peak to Peak Charter School, high school senior Brandon Ries, 18, collapsed while running on the course.

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(credit: CBS)

“He was taken to the hospital and fought hard, but sadly, he passed away with his family at his side,” the school said in a statement. “The entire community is impacted by this loss. Brandon was part of the heart and soul of our school, and represented the best of us all.”

A counseling and response team will be on hand to support students and staff when classes resume on Monday.

“We will notify the community as information becomes available about services for Brandon. At this time, we are giving his family the space and time that they need to grieve.”

Family Statement

Our family is deeply grieved by the loss of our son, Brandon.  We loved Brandon – he was the best son we could have imagined, the best brother his sisters could have asked for, and a true friend with a big heart and deep character.

Brandon lived a positive, joyful life that was filled with purpose; we’re so proud that he was known as a young man who encouraged others and selflessly cared for their needs.  Most importantly, Brandon’s life centered around his relationship with Jesus Christ, who was the source of his gentle love for others.

We thank the community for the outpouring of support we’ve received, and we ask for privacy as we grieve this loss as a family.


One Comment

  1. Timothy Lee Scherr says:

    Brandon Ries was not only an excellent competitive runner, but also an outstanding musician, great student (National Merit), and most importantly one of the kindest persons you might have the pleasure to meet. He pursued everything he did with passion and excellence. He was a faithful Christian and at 18 already an inspiration to many because of his character and willingness to help anyone in need. Truly remarkable, we see this kind of student only once in a generation.

  2. Robert Gift says:

    So sorry. What was the cause of Brandon’s death?
    How could he have “fought hard”?
    Having run cross-country in junior high, such tragedies make me question whether we should run such unnatural, exhaustive races.
    The soldier who ran the “Marathon” died upon stating: “Victory is ours.”

    1. Kevin Snyder says:

      If a 5K is exhausting to you, you should see a doctor.
      And Phedippedes most certainly did not die; there is record of him in literature some 15 years after the battle.

      1. Robert Gift, EMT says:

        Too late for some of us to to see an MD.
        “Victory is ours!”. Then dropped dead. I believe such happened as recorded.
        Through magnetic resonance imaging, endurance runners are showing more signs of cardiomyopathy. One form is even named Phidippides Cardiomyopathy.

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