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Dr. Claudio Palma had a busy day in Las Vegas -- he saved a marathon runner's life and got married to his wife Rhanee at a run-thru chapel.
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updated 12/8/2010 9:42:40 AM ET 2010-12-08T14:42:40

It wasn't blue suede shoes but a pair of sneakers that led a San Francisco doctor dressed as Elvis Presley to a woman who passed out at a Las Vegas restaurant after a marathon.

Claudio Palma tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal he was dressed as the King after Sunday's Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll half-marathon when he performed CPR and resuscitated another runner at the Burger Bar at Mandalay Place.

The 36-year-old was clad in a jumpsuit, sideburns and scarf for the race and may have looked like Presley, but in real life, he's an anesthesiologist.

Palma says paramedics then arrived, and the woman gave him a weird look. He said the patient kind of "freaked out" when she came to and he thinks that is because she didn't know why Elvis was kissing her. "She was giving me a weird look and telling me she was okay," Palma told the paper.

He says the incident wasn't the only heart-stopping one that day: Dr. Palma and his new wife Rhanee wed at a run-through chapel set up at Mile 2 of the race.

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The Associated Press and KNTV contributed to this report


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