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North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis Collapses During Race, Says He Got 'Overheated'

/ Source: Associated Press
Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., wearing the number 15 running bib, runs in the ACLI Capital Challenge 3 Mile Team Race in Washington on Wednesday.Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call via AP Images

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WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina collapsed during a Washington, D.C., race Wednesday morning and was taken away by ambulance.

Tillis, 57, was seen on the ground being administered CPR by bystanders at about 15-20 minutes into the race, which started at 8 a.m. The three-mile race was being held in Anacostia Park in the southeast part of the city.

 Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., wearing the number 15 running bib, runs in the ACLI Capital Challenge 3 Mile Team Race in Washington on Wednesday. Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call via AP Images

Tillis at first appeared unconscious but was revived and breathing when taken away by ambulance from the ACLI Capital Challenge Three Mile Team Race.

Tillis later tweeted, "I'm doing well. Looking forward to getting back to work. Thanks for all of your prayers and well wishes." The tweet included a video where Tillis says he's fine but just got "overheated" about 2.5 miles into the race. He says no CPR was performed and he'll return to work soon.

Tillis was participating in the ACLI Capital Challenge race, an annual event in Anacostia Park in the district. He was leading his own team, "Team Tillis."

Many politicians and other prominent Washington, D.C., figures run the annual race. Proceeds go to charity.

Tillis is the junior North Carolina senator, elected to the Senate in November 2014 after serving in the North Carolina legislature from 2009-2015. He serves on the Senate Armed Services, Judiciary, Veterans Affairs and Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs committees, as well as the Senate's Special Committee on Aging.

He is married to Susan Tillis with two children.

It was not immediately known what hospital Tillis was taken to.

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