Former chief of staff to Gov. Egan dies in race

Posted: Monday, July 15, 2002

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) -- A 74-year-old former Alaska state official collapsed and died as he approached the finish line in a national running-cycling contest.

Wes Coyner Jr. died Sunday on the course of the 2002 Dannon Duathlon, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

Coyner, who began racing at age 70, had been chief of staff for Alaska Gov. Bill Egan in the 1970s.

Last year, he won a national title in the Carlsbad race in his age division, finishing in just under three hours. The duathlon consists of a 10-kilometer run, followed by a 40-kilometer bike race and a final five-kilometer run.

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