Man dies following Wapakoneta’s Run to the Moon race

By Jennifer Peryam -

WAPAKONETA — A Hebron man collapsed and died after running the Run to the Moon race on Saturday during the festivities surrounding the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon.

According to Jamie Sizemore, Allen County Coroner’s Office investigator, Corby Hall, 47, of Hebron, died at 9:32 a.m. Saturday at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center.

“He collapsed while participating in the race, and resuscitation efforts were attempted by Wapak EMS. He was ultimately pronounced dead at St. Rita’s,” Sizemore said.

Hall ran the race with his family, Sizemore said.

Hall’s body was transported Saturday to Lucas County Coroner’s Office in Toledo, where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

The Run to The Moon 5K, 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run Facebook page made a post Monday morning that was shared by the Wapakoneta Summer Moon Festival.

“Our hearts are saddened to report that Saturday, during the Run to the Moon race, one of the runners, Corby Hall, collapsed during the race,” according to the Facebook page. “Immediately, selfless runners stopped to assist Hall.”

The Facebook post included photos Hall and his family participating in the race. Amy Kentner, race director, said this is the only statement that is available at this time.

Jonathon Fauvie, Mercy Health public relations and communications manager, confirmed the hospital had a patient by the name of Corby Hall Saturday who was treated and wasn’t a patient anymore.

By Jennifer Peryam

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