NC Sen. Thom Tillis 'doing well' after suffering seizure during DC charity race

Republican Sen. Thom Tillis. (Photo credit: Sen. Tillis official Twitter page)

NC Senator suffers seizure during charity race; tells followers he's 'doing well'

Republican Sen. Thom Tillis suffered a seizure Wednesday morning while running a charity race in Washington D.C. prompting a scare that spread quickly online.

The junior senator from North Carolina was taken willingly by private ambulance to George Washington University Hospital out of an abundance of caution.

On Twitter, Tillis posted a video of himself presumably from a hospital to tell his followers he's "doing well and is "looking forward to getting back to work."

Tillis, 56, went down at around the two-mile marker of ACLI Capital Challenge Three Mile Team Race. Tillis was participating in the annual event in Anacostia Park in the district. He was leading his own team, "Team Tillis."

A race spokesman said Tillis "eased himself down to the ground," contradicting earlier reports that he collapsed and required CPR.

The spokesman said Tillis was talking and lucid throughout the ordeal.

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.

Tillis is married to Susan Tillis with two children.

Several of Tillis' Senate colleagues tweeted their well-wishes.

A second runner who participated in the race suffered a heart attack and needed to be flown to a nearby hospital for treatment.

This story will be updated.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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