Autopsy Scheduled for Elmhurst Triathlete

The 40-Year-Old-Woman Was Pulled From Hudson River

By Jennifer Schwarz
|  Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011  |  Updated 2:30 PM CDT
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FILE: 2010 New York City Triathlon

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Doctors will perform an autopsy Tuesday on the body Amy Martich, the 40-year-old Elmhurst woman who was pulled from the Hudson River during the Nautica New York City Triathalon Sunday.

Martich was racing as part of a relay team for Janus Capital Group, where she was an executive, according to the Sun-Times. Two co-workers waited on the other side of the river to pick up the biking and running legs. But she never made it.

Race officials say she went into cardiac arrest twice during Sunday’s swim, based on reports from fellow racers who saw her stop moving about half way through the course.

Family and friends are shocked that the lifelong competitive swimmer was hampered by the 1-mile open water swim.

Her father, Fred McCullogh told the Chicago Tribune that the death was unexpected because Martich was so "healthy and vibrant."

Martich wasn't the only death during the race. A 64-year-old New Jersey man also died during the race. Some 26 other racers were pulled from the Hudson for various reasons.

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