Tom Fleming, 2-time NYC marathon champ, dies while coaching at meet

Tom Fleming (#5), of New Jersey, runs with the Boston Marathon pack on April 17, 1984. The man in the business suit and black hat is unidentified.

AP

MONTCLAIR, N.J. -- A two-time winner of the New York City Marathon has died while coaching a New Jersey middle school team at a meet. Tom Fleming was 65.

The Montclair Kimberley Academy announced Fleming’s death in a statement Thursday. The school says Fleming died of an apparent heart attack at a meet in Verona on Wednesday afternoon.

Newark Central coach Bruce Berry tells NJ.com that Fleming collapsed after getting out of his car. He said Fleming was given CPR for more than 20 minutes and had a pulse when he was taken to a hospital.

Fleming won the New York City Marathon in 1973 and 1975. The New York Road Runners, who put on the city’s 26.2-mile event, called Fleming “an iconic figure” in the race’s history and a “beloved teacher.”

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Tom Fleming. As a two-time New York City Marathon Champion and top local...

Posted by New York Road Runners (NYRR) on Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fleming finished second twice at the Boston Marathon and also won marathons in Cleveland, Washington D.C., Toronto and Los Angeles.