AUSTIN (KXAN) - A 68-year-old cyclist in the BP MS 150 race is recovering at University Medical Center Brackenridge after he went into cardiac arrest as he entered Austin on Sunday.
The unnamed man, one of 12,000 cyclists in the Houston-to-Austin race, collapsed near the intersection of Martin Luther King and Ed Bluestein Boulevards around Noon.
According to first responders, the patient did not have a pulse when they got to him. A motorcycle medic and five police officers were on hand to provide chest compressions until someone was on hand to apply a defibrillator and transport him to the hospital.
Medical officials can't release what medical condition caused the cardiac arrest, but the victim is alert and talking 24 hours after the incident.
Event organizers said such an incident is rare for the two-day race. The race , which could raise up to $18 million this year for the MS Society, is staffed with emergency medical personnel all along the route.
Earlier this month , at the Capitol 10K, a 25-year-old man also went into cardiac arrest and was resuscitated after a few minutes.
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