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Marathon runner died


It is with great regret and sadness we have to report the death of the 45-year old Frenchman Alain Rettig who died during the TCS Amsterdam Marathon on Sunday 20 October. One kilometre from the finish line the well trained marathon runner was suffered cardiac arrest. Several CPR attempts were unfortunately not successful.

Our thoughts go out to his wife, children, family and friends. We wish them all the strength they will need to deal with this terrible loss.

The organization decided in consultation with the relatives to publish this announcement no earlier than today.

28 responses on Marathon runner died

  1. My deepest sympathy for the family who has lost a husband and a father.

    My thoughts are with you x

  2. Our deepest heart felt sympathy, so very sad

  3. On a vu ce monsieur au bord de la route. On a tous pense très fort à ce monsieur et se sont demandés comment il allait tout le weekend. C’est une très triste nouvelle. Nos sincères condoléances. L’équipe de morzine-avoriaz

  4. I saw him recieve CPR, so sad…. My condoleances for his family and frends…

  5. So sorry for all who new him. No words can make up for the loss but im sending you all my best wishes.

  6. Je suis un ami d’Alain et n’ai pas de mots pour exprimer ma peine si ce n’est qu’avoir une pensée pour Estelle, Nico et Antoine

  7. I am so sorry for his relatives and friends, and send them my condolences. My father died a couple of weeks ago, and I can easily imagine their feelings right now. A terrible, unexpected loss of one of our marathon family. None of us know the future, but we do know the extreme effort we all put in to complete such a race. There are so many marathons these days that its easy to forget that.


  8. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. Very Sad, hope you can draw some strength during this sad time

  9. Sorry to here such sad news, thought go out to his family and friends

  10. Just to send our condolences to his family, our thoughts are with all his family and friends, I saw him running, so strong, so happy and then he just collapsed very quickly.
    A great loss to our running family

  11. So sorry to hear the shocking news. I saw him receiving treatment and feared the worst. Having lost my Mum recently from a sudden heart attack, my sincere heartfelt condolences go to his family. Just awful.

  12. It’s hard to find the right words for a comment… My condolences to his family and friends

  13. My deepest sympathasies to his family and friends. Next race is for you Alain.

  14. Je tiens à exprimer mes plus sincères condoléances à la famille de Alain. J’ai été profondément bouleversé par cette tragédie.

  15. I also saw him receiving CPR, but because there was no official news, I was hoping he made it. I’m devastated to hear he didn’t… My sincere condolences go to his family.

  16. I am so sorry to hear this tragic news – it’s a sobering reminder that a marathon is no easy task. My thoughts go out to his friends and family. RIP Alain

  17. Je ne connaissais pas Alain mais je présente mes condoléances les plus sincères à sa famille et ses proches, et leur souhaite tout le courage nécessaire pour traverser cette épreuve douloureuse.

  18. Rest in peace…

  19. I saw him, just a few hundred metres from the Stadium, while the were trying to save him. I am really sad, he was one of us. Condolences to all the family.

  20. I ran the Amsterdam marathon on Sunday but only heard of this very sad news today. I offer Alain’s family and friends my deepest condolences at this very difficult time. Rest In Peace.

  21. Such sad news. Like others, I think I saw a French runner receiving aid towards the end of Vondelpark. Shocked to hear he didn’t make it and deepest thoughts go to Alain’s family at this time. God bless.

  22. Je viens d’apprendre la triste nouvelle et cela fait mal .
    Estelle , je pense très fort à toi ,tiens bon !!
    N’hésites pas à nous contacter .
    Courage grosses bises à toi et les enfants .

  23. Sad to hear the news. Deepest thoughts go to his family and friends. Sincere condolences to his family.

  24. Very sad to hear of the death of Alain. My deepest sympathies to his family

  25. I would also like to add my sincere condolences. My heart goes out to Alain’s family and friends. This is just such sad news as I usually associate marathon running with joy and achievement, not something tragic.

  26. I feel very sad….

  27. please half marathon runner died

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