Man collapses, later dies, while participating in Inverness Beer Mile event – Citrus County Chronicle

A 68-year-old man died Saturday evening of apparent cardiac arrest after he collapsed walking in the Inverness Beer Mile event following the St. Patrick’s Day parade in downtown Inverness.

The man, identified by friend Patrick Simon as Richard Schultz, was walking with his wife and friends when he collapsed on the corner of Seminole Avenue and Tompkins Street, about halfway through the two-tenths-of-a-mile course.

Emergency responders arrived and attended to Schultz, who was transported to Citrus Memorial Hospital where he died Saturday night, City Manager Frank DiGiovanni said Sunday.

“Our condolences to the family members,” he said. “ No one expects injury, let alone a fatality, when they register for something like this.”

The Inverness Beer Mile was not an official portion of the city’s St. Patrick Day festivities, though the city approved it. DRC Sports and the Pine Street Pub sponsored the race, which consists of participants running four laps of a race, drinking a beer after each lap.

About 100 people registered for the race. However, 15 to 20 people — including Schultz — paid a smaller registration fee to walk only the first lap so they could receive a race T-shirt.

Schultz was with a group of 12 people, including Simon, who started at the rear of the pack.

“He was in such good spirits,” Moling said. “They didn’t take off running. They were walking as a group.”

They were halfway through the lap when Schultz collapsed. Sheriff’s deputies, Inverness firefighters and emergency medical service personnel tended to him.

Simon said he met Schultz while playing golf and they became friends. Schultz and his wife moved to St. Louis to Citrus County about six months ago.

Simon said Schultz

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