Darwin’s way of weeding out overachievers

If there were an activity that elevated your risk of sudden death by a factor of more than 1,000, would you partake in that activity? What if this activity were supposed to be good for you? I’m confused. According to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, participating in triathlon events translates into a death rate of 1.74 per 100,000 triathlon competitors, per event. Still pretty small, but that’s 1,000 times higher than the rate of sudden death in otherwise healthy athletes. So, next time you see one of those (in air quotes) overachiever types running with their fanny pack and $300 shoes, you can rest easy knowing that maybe you’re safer driving to Dunkin’ Donuts.