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Ironwood man finishes race despite suffering heart attack


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GARY ENGSTROM, three days after the race that killed him, feels well enough to eat a meal in Marquette. Engstrom is very thankful for the people who kept his blood pumping during the race and for the emergency medical personal who shocked him back to life.

IRONWOOD - Last Saturday, Gary Engstrom of Ironwood finished the Calumet Great Bear Chase cross country ski race naked and prone, registering a fourth place finish in his age bracket. That's pretty good for someone who is 70 years old and had been clinically dead for 10 minutes.

Most people would get arrested for finishing a race naked, but Engstrom, who was carried across the line like a true king in the prone position, was given a free pass. Engstrom's clothes had been cut off by emergency personnel because he had a major heart attack about two kilometers from the finish line. Emergency...

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