Rock 'n' Roll Marathon runner who died identified

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The runner who died Saturday in the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon has been identified.

Ulysses Thomas, 58, of Fountain Inn, S.C., collapsed near mile 22 during the 26.2-mile course. He was running his first marathon, the Competitor Group Inc. told Savannah-Chatham Metro Police.

Thomas fell near a check site where emergency crews were already stationed. Despite their efforts, he could not be saved.

Dr. Lewis Maharam, Medical Director for the Competitor Group's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, released the following statement Saturday night:

"We are deeply saddened by the unfortunate and untimely death of a participant in today's event. This is a heartbreaking and tragic loss. Our prayers go out to the runner's family and friends during this most difficult time."

Thomas was known as Tom by his friends, according to SCMPD.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Mission of the Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network ( or Triune Mercy Center (, according to SCMPD.

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