Steamboat briefs for June 12
June 12, 2008
Steamboat Springs — Collapsed 10K runner out of hospital, recovering
Dan Jongeling, the runner who collapsed near the finish of the 10K race during the June 1 Steamboat Marathon, is recovering in South Dakota after quadruple-bypass surgery. He was released from the hospital Monday.
Jongeling said his case was unusual because he didn’t feel any warning symptoms before he collapsed.
“It all happened very suddenly, and I didn’t have any pain at all. It was like someone just lowered a curtain real quickly, and I was down after one or two strides,” said Jongeling, 52.
Jongeling said he suffered a cardiac arrest, not a heart attack. Jongeling said his family has a history of heart problems, but he thought the issues were under control through medicine for high blood pressure and cholesterol.
“People hear about this and say ‘running almost killed this gentleman,’ but the truth is I had this condition, I was under a doctor’s care, and no one knew this condition existed,” he said. “I feel this race saved my life because it detected a problem that still would have been there.”
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Jongeling said he should be jogging again in six months, and his cardiac surgeon said he should be in better shape than before his surgery.
“I would like to get in shape and to be able to come back next year and finish this,” he said. “That would be a nice fitting end to this episode.”
CDOT to start I-70 paving project near Silverthorne
The Colorado Department of Transportation is beginning rotomill operations on westbound Interstate 70 in the Silverthorne area as part of its paving project from the Eisenhower Tunnel to the top of Silverthorne Hill, at mile 203.5. A one- to two-mile segment of eastbound and westbound I-70, east from the Eisenhower Tunnel, also will be paved in late summer.
Paving begins Monday morning.
All westbound commercial vehicles of more than 26,000 gross vehicle weight will be detoured over Loveland Pass, during paving operations, scheduled from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. All detoured traffic can return to I-70 at Silverthorne.
All other work, both on- and off-road, takes place around the clock, from 10 p.m. Sundays until noon Fridays. One or two lanes will be closed, and the speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph in the work zone.