Sen. Thom Tillis released from hospital after medical issue during DC race

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) is seen pre-race on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., before he collapsed and was taken to a hospital by ambulance. (Office of Senator Thom Tillis via Twitter)

WASHINGTON (WTVD) - Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina suffered a medical problem during a Washington, D.C., race Wednesday morning and was taken away by ambulance.

Tillis, 57, was reportedly seen on the ground being administered CPR by bystanders at about 15-20 minutes into the three-mile race, which started at 8 a.m., however Tillis said he did not receive CPR.

He later took to Twitter saying he "just got overheated ... no CPR, no special measures needed."

The ACLI Capital Challenge Three Mile Team Race was being held in Anacostia Park in the southeast part of the city. 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.

I'm doing well. Looking forward to getting back to work. Thanks for all of your prayers and well wishes. #CapChallenge

-- Senator Thom Tillis (@SenThomTillis) May 17, 2017

A race spokesperson tells ABC11 that Tillis did not hurt himself and was alert when he was taken to George Washington University Hospital.

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.

Last Friday, the senator was in Raleigh for The Jesse Helms Center Foundation's "Foreign Policy and Trade Challenges in the Age of Trump" forum.

He is married to Susan Tillis with two children.

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