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High Point husband, 31, died in Raleigh half-marathon

Posted April 18
Updated April 19

— High Point resident Jason Schlosser was one of two runners who died running the half-marathon Sunday during Raleigh's inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, sources confirmed Friday. 

Schlosser, 31, collapsed near the 11-mile marker of the half-marathon, according to race organizers. 

Schlosser lived in High Point with his wife and pets, according to the Cumby Family Funeral Service website. He earned an MBA from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and was a product marketing manager for RFMD. 

The 31-year-old was described by friends and family as an outstanding person with an amazing, enduring spirit. 

Schlosser's family said he passed away peacefully doing something he loved in a beautiful, sunny day in North Carolina. 

Derrick Myers, 35, was the other runner who died in Sunday's half-marathon. 

Myers was the father of two children and an avid athlete who played soccer, biked, swam and snowboarded, they said. He celebrated his 35th birthday the day before participating in the half-marathon.

Both men were treated by medical personnel and taken to area hospitals, where they were pronounced dead.

The deaths darkened an otherwise successful event that drew more than 12,500 registered runners 49 states and a number of foreign countries.

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  • carolinarox Apr 21, 12:53 p.m.

    So much for giving the family the privacy they asked for.

  • SaysWhoNC Apr 21, 12:50 p.m.

    "The deaths darkened an otherwise successful event that drew more than 12,500 registered runners 49 states and a number of foreign countries."

    From a public relations standpoint, any event that produces the headline "Two died..." was not successful.

    Surely Raleigh can find a safer, saner way to market itself to the world.