Pa. mom died after half-marathon from internal hemorrhage

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This story has been updated to include the results of the autopsy.

The Scranton mother of three who died after completing a half-marathon suffered an internal hemorrhage, the Lackawanna County coroner has reported.

Lindsay Doherty took up running a couple of years ago and trained for Sunday’s Scranton Half Marathon.

At the end of the 13.1-mile race, the 36-year-old married mother of three young children crossed the finish line and collapsed.

Medics rushed to Doherty’s side and tried to resuscitate her. She was taken by ambulance to Geisinger Community Medical Center’s emergency room, where she died a short time later.

Lackawanna County Coroner Tim Rowland told The Times-Tribune  that an autopsy Monday showed Doherty suffered an intra-abdominal hemorrhage. He ruled the manner of her death as natural.

According to, intra-abdominal hemorrhage has multiple causes.

“Some of the possible causes are trauma, ruptures of diseased blood vessels or organs, tumors, aneurysms, pancreatitis, ectopic pregnancy, and complications of surgical procedure,” the site says.

Doherty “had every shot in the world,” Rowland told the Allentown Morning Call. “The resuscitation was heroic. It just didn’t work, unfortunately.”

Doherty had run the same race in 2016 and finished with a time of 1:55:32, according to the race results.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton said Doherty worked as its development officer, raising money for Catholic education. A special prayer service was scheduled Monday night at St. Paul’s Parish in Scranton, where she was a member.

Doherty was a talented organizer and brought volunteers together for the annual block party at St. Paul’s parish, where she and her husband worshipped, Monsignor Neil J. Van Loon told the Morning Call.

“She made it happen. She was a great director of volunteers, just had a wonderful way of working with people,” Loon told the paper. “The world’s a little bit less in her passing — in, certainly, our community.”

Doherty, originally of Holden, Mass., met her husband at the College of the Holy Cross in nearby Worcester. The two were married in 2006.

“This is a difficult and tragic situation and on behalf of the race committee and all of the runners who participated today, we extend our deepest sympathies and ask everyone to keep this family in their thoughts and prayers,” race organizers said in a statement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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