On this chilly morning he was among nearly 10,000 pumped-up people running the Feaster Five Road Race in Andover. He ran with his daughter Paige, a student at the University of West Virginia.
“I was really excited,” said the 52-year-old North Andover resident. “It was the third time I had run the Feaster Five. I was with my daughter, who was home from college (University of West Virginia). I just remember being so happy.”
With about 150 yards to go in the 5K race, Dewhirst turned right onto York Street, a pain-in-the-neck hill near the end the course.
“I really wanted to give it my all and finish strong,” said Dewhirst. “I started charging up the hill. I was about three-quarters of the way up when I started feeling light-headed, like I was going to pass out.”
That’s the last thing Dewhirst remembered of his run. He collapsed on the street. He had suffered a heart attack.whirst was revived and whisked him off to Lawrence General Hospital.