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A runner who collapsed and nearly died is thanking the first responders who saved her life.

Sara Clerget said her heart stopped beating after she crossed the finish line of the Seahawks 12K last weekend.

"I went over to a little barricade and I sat down and I put my head between my legs and then I woke up on a stretcher," said Clerget.

Clerget went into cardiac arrest and other runners immediately started performing CPR. Nearby paramedics ran to her side and were able to get her heart beating again. 

"They keep saying I have a perfect heart just some electrical things that just made it stop," said Clerget.

At Valley Medical Center, Clerget and her family met with some of the paramedics and firefighters who treated her.

“We were able to resuscitate her and restart her heart with a defibrillator,” said firefighter Andrew Plumlee.

“I’m glad we were able to come down and meet with the family and come full circle on a call.”

Earlier this week, Clerget spoke with the other runners who helped her.

"How do you say thank you to someone who saved your life, you can't say thank you enough, you can't be grateful enough," said Clerget.

The Renton Fire Department credits the runners knowing CPR for helping save Sara’s life. The city offers monthly CPR classes for residents.

Clerget checked out of the hospital this week. Her doctors implanted a defibrillator near her heart, but she still doesn’t know exactly why her heart stopped. However, doctors told her she should be able live a normal life.