Monday, May 23, 2022

David Reichman, was the runner who died in Brooklyn Half Marathon

 The 32-year-old runner who collapsed and died after finishing the Brooklyn Half Marathon was identified Sunday as a behavioral therapist who got his master’s degree in social work from New York University.

David Reichman, of Manhattan, collapsed on the boardwalk after finishing the 13-mile race at Ocean Parkway at Brighton Beach on Saturday amid sweltering heat. He was pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital.

Reichman (inset) was a founder of Field Trip Health, a mental health and psychotherapy company in Kips Bay, according to his LinkedIn profile.

“I approach psychotherapy with seriousness and humor,” Reichman wrote on his profile on Psychology Today. “I’ll listen, offer direction, and challenge you to be the best version of yourself.”

A graduate of Concordia University, according to his LinkedIn, Reichman later attended the NYU Silver School of Social Work.

He worked for two years as a substance use specialist for NYC Health + Hospitals, before launching Field Trip Health in October 2020, the profile states.

The company says that it is “redefining mental health and well-being through ground-breaking work in psychedelics and psychedelic-enhanced psychotherapy,” according to the firm’s  LinkedIn page.

“For those who this may be appropriate, I offer Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy,” Reichman added on his Psychology Today profile.

The therapist lived in Flatbush with his girlfriend until moving to Manhattan in March, the super at his Brooklyn building, who would only identify himself as Ozzie, told The Post on Sunday.

Reichman’s death at Saturday’s 22,000-runner race has raised questions about why the event was allowed to take place on an unseasonably hot and humid day. 

Runners cross the finish line at Coney Island after finishing the Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday.
Runners cross the finish line at Coney Island after finishing the Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday.

The race was put on this year for the first time since 2019 due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Temperatures had reached 70 degrees with 83% humidity when Reichman finished at around 9 a.m., Fox Weather reported.

Police said 15 other runners were hospitalized, five of them with serious injuries, following the race, which is sponsored by New York Road Runners and the NYPD. It began at the Brooklyn Museum, wound through Prospect Park and ended at the Coney Island boardwalk.

One police officer told The Post that four other people collapsed near the end of the race.

“Maybe an organizer or health official should have called it” because of the stifling conditions, the cop suggested.

According to results posted online by the group, Reichman ran the course in 1 hour, 40 minutes and 53 seconds.

The city medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death. 

Reichman’s death is the event’s first since a 31-year-old runner collapsed and died in 2014 after crossing the finish line.


Chabad said...

With great sadness we share of the untimely passing of former Chabad Concordia E-Board member, David Reichman. David collapsed at the Coney Island finish line of the Brooklyn Half-Marathon and passed away at a nearby hospital.

David will be surely missed by the Chabad Concordia-Loyola community.

Big Kiddush Lubavitch said...

Wow, another big Lubavitcher Chusid.

If Lubavitch would have taught him to daven properly, bizman, he may well have been davening then. But since Lubavitch flouts zmanim brought in halacha, and davens like 10 or 10:30 Shabbos morning, there is plenty of time for a run before tefillah.

Old School Lubavitch said...

This is a bizayon. Besides that there are halacha problems to compete in a Shabbos marathon, he was openly living with a woman he was not married to. There are many rabbonim who will not allow someone like that to get aliyos or any other kibbudim in their shuls.

Some Litvisher rabbonim who are friendly with the Old School Lubavitch shnit are correct when they complain that many Chabad houses today are run like branches of the Conservative movement.

Anonymous said...

Disgusting comment. Refuah shelaimah.

heimish said...

I blame the vax. the vax has killed many athletes

How dare you question Habad? said...

The Moetzet Gedolei Hamedia VeHapolitik D'America endorses Habad-Lubavitch.

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Rabbi Twersky said...

He wasn't a Habadnik.
A Skverer talmid